This rich red tastes like blackberry jam on toasted brioche. Thick on the palate, oozing with sweet fruit and oak, with muscular tannins that barely ripple the surface. Yet it remains fresh, with a clean, floral finish. Balanced and lively. Atypical for t —Thomas Matthews
Gorgeous, traditionally rendered Châteauneuf, with pepper, garrigue, licorice root, black cherry and sanguine flavors that are supple and lengthy. Long finish is deceptively powerful, with the fruit and herb notes lingering beautifully. Delivers a —James Molesworth
Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice- and tar-filled finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewarded. —James Molesworth
Really silky for an '03, with gorgeous raspberry ganache and cassis fruit that glides atop grilled herb, mineral and tar flavors. Long, authoritative finish shows lots of grip and fruit. A powerful yet racy wine. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases made. —James Molesworth
A superb core of blackberry, boysenberry and black currant fruit stands amidst cocoa, mineral, licorice and tar flavors. Densely structured but perfectly ripe, with a long finish that cascades with both fruit and terroir. Awesome for its power and —James Molesworth
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