Not as opulent as most '03 reds, as mineral, chalk and olive notes lead the way for black cherry and briar flavors. Nice, firm, tobacco-tinged finish. Drink now through 2006. 1,200 cases made. —James Molesworth
This is Côtes du Rhône? Thick and crammed with dark plum and currant fruit, along with tar, cocoa and mineral notes. A bit of a brute now, but this should blossom in time for fall barbecue fare. Drink now through 2006. Tasted twice, with consistent note —James Molesworth
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