We recently shared a bottle of ’86 Penfolds Grange with friends. It may not have been stored in the best cellar conditions and showed some air contact and loss of wine. The color was tawny brick red with a nose of tobacco, cigar-box, earth and spice and some dark chocolate.

The palate displayed pepper and spice, a hint of berry, and some meaty/savory/salami flavors with a hint of burnt caramel.

Although there was some air intake (and lost wine) the wine had held together superbly with plenty of life and layers of complex flavors. If this is not a “best ” Grange – then what pleasures we have to look forward to!