sensual, ripe, plummy blackberryish nose with touch of oak initially, but some enticing floral notes emerge with airing. smooth, dense, rich mouthful, well structured with soft but noticeable tannins; tasty initial fruit with hint of sweetness is somewhat lacking in depth and complexity and a bit of a letdown after beguiling bouquet, but much better than most more expensive Cal reds. just fully mature but should have considerable life left if well stored.
Clear medium garnet, fast medium legs. Clean, medium intensity, developing nose of ripe blackberry, tart red currants, cinnamon, ginger, clove, pear, sweet sandalwood. Fruit was a bit lacking on palate, a sort of weak echo of the nose. Medium+ acidity and alcohol, medium tannin and body, medium- intensity. Finish was medium length and consisted mostly of tart red fruit and alcohol. Overall, this wine disappointed and has likely seen better days. It was a mistake to (accidentally) hold this so long. Drink up.
As Steve previously noted, this blend remains enjoyable. Enticing nose (reminded me of nights in Cafayate) with ample dark fruit remaining. Clearly malbec is in charge but with noticeable CS accents. Some alcohol on the finish. Worked nicely with chicken quesadillas and crab cakes.
So happy with this last bottle! Worried that it was past its prime but gave it a try. First sniff and taste had me worried - fruit and most other flavor gone. But after just a few minutes and some aeration, what a difference. This is much better than the last bottle that I remember, which was some time ago. Nice, big Malbec. Still has some life left to it. Don't worry about the CT drinking window which ended in 2011!
Still holding in there. Drank as the second bottle, with a neighborhood grill-out. Very enjoyable. Nice fruit up front, nice depth, no oxidation --- might have kept a few more years, although I'm not sure it was getting better.
decanted for about 45 mins. improved from last bottle. the bouque had a stainless steel smell that it felt it was sitting in one. The Malbec continues to dominate. The age makes it more refined but the acidity lingers on just like my last bottle. Good but not exciting. This is my last bottle and I am ok with that. High 80s
Dark color with prominent bouquet of green pepper and eucalyptus from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Full bodied with black plums from the malbec and cassis from the cab. The wine is ripe and I do not think that aging it any longer would add to it. Good length and a bit angular finish with the tannins in the end. Mildly alcoholic when exposed to the food. Overal interesting blend.
Color: Deep Garnet - just a hint of bricking Nose: Muted - didn't give off that malbec smell. Berries and oak. Taste: Rasperry and blackberry with a short vanilla finish. No real tannins, but no heat either. This was just OK. It is my third bottle of this vintage and while the heat has settled down, the taste has suffered a little. Not exciting or overwhelming, and there are better choices out htere at this price point. I have one more bottle left - time to drink up, this doesn't have staying power.
This shows off both the malbec and cabernet sauvignon it's made of. Richl aromas of dark fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, and black currant), coffee, leather and meat. Full-bodied and well integrated with dark fruit, leather and oak. Light acid/tannins. This is my one and only bottle so I haven't tracked it over time, but this has got to be at its peak now.
Decanted for around 1 hour. Dark crimson color in the glass. Black fruits, black licorice and cough drop aromas on the nose with a little heat coming through. Blackberry, cassis, menthol and sweet spice notes on the palate with some moderate oak treatment. Medium tannin and acid with a spicy and somewhat hot finish. Paired well with pot roast and overall showed pretty well. Would not rebuy though.
Poesia is poetry. Now at the peak of its power. Deep purple, with a ruby rim and strong legs. after an hour decant, the aromas emerge, redolent with earth, and fall berries. The palate explodes with pungent cassis, mulled spices,dark cherries and toasty oak. The tannins are still firm, but less pronounced than when the wine was younger. Magnifico.
I continue to validate that I am not intrigued by Malbec or blend of same. This is a quite serviceable bottle of wine, but nothing to get excited about or keep in one's memory. At this price point there are better bottles from other grapes and other places.
Mixed Bag of Wines (Kevin's House): This is why it is good to have a small group so you can go back and retaste. 89 points on the first go around but with some time it opened up with blackberries, spice, minerals and earth. Medium and a real dense wine. Should improve with some cellaring.
Did not decant but drank over a 3 hour period, nice dark garnet color. nose of fruits and blackberry, lots of tannin on the palate. probably could have held this for a few more years, Would buy more of this!
Drinking very well right now. Strong malbec profile, eventhough it has 40% cab sauv, while the wine is smooth, it retains a strong acidic element from beginning to end. Picked up some alcohol in the bouquet and the mid-palate. Did not improve significantly after an hour being opened. I don't expect this wine to improve with age either.
A dark, almost opaque burgundy color. Nose exhibits musty dark fruits, with a tinge of black pepper. Mild fruits come forward, with very slight tobacco and anise, just the right amount -- not overpowering as I've had in some Malbec's. Nice structure and complexity, smooth tannins, and a long finish. Acidity is just right. I really like this blend, and damn it, I wish I had some more. I got right back on-line after my first bottle, and the 2003's were all gone. =(
After 3-weeks using found glass in various Hawaiian condos, I've come to really appreciate the blessedness of a decent wine glass; regardless the quality of wine, it really does make an experiential difference.
This wine was decanted 1-hour @73F. COLOR- dark cherrywood red with lots of sediment in the pour. NOSE- laundry detergent of the most floral kind, high-quality blackberry gummy candies, damp earth (rain on a dusty path), and creosote like a recently used grill cage chilling down. PALATE- this is much more serious, tannic and astringent on the palate than the '02 bottling, which by my memory came across more fruity, soft and flabby. This medium weight wine (medium feel but with a heavier flavor and tannin footprint) shows berry fruit flavors of blackberry, cassis and cherry but has an astringent, tannic side that tends toward a nail-polish removal agent or paint thinner; so for my palate, these tannins are quite harsh. What really impresses here is the mouthfeel, which comes across extremely well composed and Bordeaux like ('04 vintage for example). Acid is a bit on the high-side as is the bitter and drying impression left by the considerable (and somewhat stemmy) tannins. This is drinking quite young by my measure, despite its 7+ year age; contrary to the '02, I think this has plenty of potent life ahead of it. 88-points, but it would be 90+ were it not for these irritatingly caustic tannins (or what I assume to be...).
This was decanted about an hour, probably could have used more. A fairly structured wine with decently balanced fruit (my preference would have been for more fruit, but that's me). Somewhat Bordeaux-like in its reserve. Serve with steak to manage the tannins and bring out the fruit.
I love this wine. As some wine experts have speculated Malbec maybe the next Pinot Noir... does anyone remember the days when you can get Sea Smoke for about $35? Malbec could be on that path but for now I find it be the best QPR varietal. I think the $75 retail of this wine completely insane though most places have it around $40 and I was lucky to pick up a lot of it at around $25. The 60/40 Malbec/Cab blend works really well. On the nose it has dried fruits with salty wet tobacco. In the mouth the fruit is much more expressive with chocolate covered cherries and ripe plums. Also toasty almonds and cream (probably from being over oaked). Tannins are still firm for a 2003 vintage... this wine can easily cellar another 3-5 years. Finishes smooth and long.
If you find this wine in the $20-25 you should to commit to at least 1 bottle and I am sure you will come back and buy cases at that price.
Dark, musty ruby with medium viscosity in the glass. Brambly dark berries, herbs and cedar on nose. Medium bodied, herbaceous (pepper) and must on palette. Pleasant grip and mouthfeel on medium finish.
Initially a little closed on the nose, a little harsh on the palate. After a short while, nose blossomed. Cherries and raspberries. Palate also nice fruit, good mouth feel, tasty. Finish is medium, tannins a little flabby. Worth $20, not much more.
Color: red with purple edges Nose: really pleasant cabernet sauv nose, with an extra fruitiness to it. Strong and focused. The nose added a wonderful dimension, without taking me on a fruit ride Taste: took a few minutes to open up, by the end of dinner, this wine was quite enjoyable. Great balance between the smell and the taste. the malbec blended grapes softened the cabernet a little.
This wine was great, focused and well-balanced. I had the 2002 at the 7 year mark, and enjoyed this 2003 at the 7 year mark equally. It could easily mature for a few more years, gain a little more silk in the palate.
Very nice. Nose was a little barnyard, but that may have blown off if I decanted (which I didn't). Taste was vanilla and oak opening to berries on the finish. On 2nd night, was starting to fall apart. I think the drinking window is just about right.
Decanted about 5 hours. The nose had lots of chocolate and blueberry upfront. This was followed by licorice and cranberry, and just a touch of vanilla and earth at the end. The palate was very fruity, with loads of blueberry, cherry, and cranberry. It also had some earth and licorice, and a nice powered cocoa finish.
Comments similar to heythatslife etc. Decanted for 1 hr. Slightly sweet aftertaste (like syrah). Agree that it is well integrated. After another hour, tasted more of the dark fruit, and slight bitterness, which is more to my liking. Might score 87 or 88 due to overall score inflation.
Dark fruit, spices (slightly peppery, I think), licorice. Came off a little harsh on the back end, but it was more or less a pop-and-pour, so that might be why. Better balanced than most Malbec blends I've had, but at this point it should be. 88-89, with the benefit of doubt.
A little to hot at first but really opens up after about an hour or so to reveal nice aromatics and interesting if not as complex a profile on the palate. dark fruit some dusty tannins still a pretty firm grip - not for the faint of heart. may get a little better with some more time. good with a steak.
Really enjoyed this wine. Decanted one hour. Nose: dark fruits, smoke and a little heat. On the palate, i enjoyed the medium bodied mouthfeel, dark fruits and silkiness. This paired extremely well with bacon. On the second night this became harsh and way too acidic for my palate. So drink all in one night.
This is a wonderful wine. I don't see the 93 rating given by WE but completely understand the 90+/- rating given by others. It's my style so I'm bumping it to 91. It has a very nice dark ruby color. The wine seems almost like a light syrup in the glass (a very nice swirling motion). Upon opening the bottle I tasted it at 15 min. Nice but tight initial nose. Flavors of licorice and a touch of menthol with tight fruit. After 2 hours the wine opened nicely. Chocolate, pleasant fruits, dark berries and a slightly tart entry at mid palate were all very nice. This wine has a long finish and seemed to dry out slightly as it opened. You are left with an excellent feeling and texture in your mouth and on the tongue. The balance is very good and Complexity is excellent with many satisfying changes. A nice wine at $30 from WL. I'd buy it again.
Cork smelled of licorice. Had a small glass right out of the bottle before decanting. Initially stung the nose, with hints of cranberries. A drier taste with hints of chocolate. One hour later: smelled rubber, grapes and top soil. Began to taste smoother. Coffee smell after tasting. 2nd hour: more of a berry smell, tasted dry. 3rd hour: cherry smell with a dry finish that hung around in the back of your nose. Next day: fruitier smell, much more fresh. Additional smells of cranberry, licorice, chocolate. Test of licorice, a harsh long finish, very acidic, right up my alley!. At one point had with Australian White cheddar. Decanting is a must before tasting.
Inky purple in color, the wine has an aroma of wood smoke, cedar, violets, blueberry, and black cherry. Firm and well-balanced, it has superb depth with substantial tannins, fruit, and a 40-50 sec polished finish. Aroma, again and again, was wet leather, in a great presentation. Taste was a wonderful mix of ripe red fruit, smeared over an oak barrel, and poured into a glass with exquisite finesse. Still agree that the 2002 was better, but wow on this one too.
Excellent wine with a wonderful nose. Definitely could afford more bottle time and was a bit too harsh even after about 45mins of decanting, but it had an excellent texture to it. Throughout the meal the wine opened up and the taste matched the nose. Very pleasant with my medium rare steak frites.
Dark red color. Nose: Strong leather and alcohol with a hint of oak. Not much more. Taste: Leather again and some oak and spice. Medium body. Red cherry finish that was medium in length and comlexity. Not much on the tannins, so I would drink up in the next year or so. For the $30.00 I paid from Winelibrary.com, a disappointment. The 2002 was outstanding in comparison.
very nice... easy drinker. wasn't anything particular that I noted, but thought it would be a GREAT party wine - not a crappy drop in the bottle. better the first night than the second..... needs about 30 minutes of air and then it's ready to go. and several years of life left in this, but not something that feels like you need to wait years and years to see where it goes.