Penfolds 2000 Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz ($17.79)
Inky dark purple, almost black, with garnet glints showing when you hold it to a bright light. Black fruit, delicately fragrant pepper and a whiff of fresh dill (a signal of American oak barrels) show in the aroma. The flavor offers a blend of juicy black fruits and sweet oak, a hint of anise, soft tannins and tangy acidity. It seems a bit more austere than some past vintages at first. But with time in the glass it opens up in layers, suggesting that age will serve this one well, as it has in past vintages. The price listed was an unusual sale price. It's still a good value around $25 in most markets. US Importer: PWG Vintners USA Inc., Napa, Calif. (Mar 12, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Beef would be perfect, but it demonstrated its versatility at our table by making a fine match with a simple Italian-American-style dish of sausage in a spicy tomato sauce over penne pasta.



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