1986 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 South Australia. 13% alcohol. Imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons.
Robin [my son's significant other] gave me two bottles of this wine ten years ago soon after I started drinking wine.
My first tasting note for this wine eight years ago was quite positive:
5/28/98 Gift from Robin. Label: Show Awards: 2 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals. Bin 707 is a very special wine in Penfolds range because it epitomizes the excellence of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety as established in the premium regions of South Oz. The comparative scarcity of material of the desired standard sets a limit on the amount of wine made in any one vintage. This exceptional wine combines the fine character of Cabernet with the art of red winemaking so traditional to Penfolds. Good red color; good fruit aroma with some spice; good fruit taste that faded over time; slight tannins; ten to fifteen second finish. 4*.
Eight years have not been kind to this wine; my notes tonight are much less favorable:
Deep red color, deep hue, limited fruit aroma, grudging fruit tastes with hints of spice, well modulated tannins, hint of acidity, medium mouth feel, long single note finish. A drinkable wine, but nothing home really. 2*. Overnight in a cold fridge did nothing to improve things, still a monolith. 2*.