Decanted 1.5 hours prior. While I am not as experienced with Etude Cabs as others may be, I find this to be a lovely wine; I'd certainly score it higher than the mid-80's that WS gave it... I think it's a solid 90-92 points. The '02 was magnificent, no competition there, but the '03 is no slouch, IMO. The nose is just wonderful, with jasmine-like scents as the predominant feature. Very pleasing combination of raspberry, spice, and oak on the palate. Medium to long finish. Overall, a very pleasant drop.
Yeti's notes from 10/23 are pretty spot on. Yes, opening this is now is infanticide and overall the wine at this stage is a bit of a crusher. But who gives a crap? With a little air time this smells heavenly and is drinking wonderfully. Will cellar time make it even better? Yeah, I think so. Still, it's worth it to get yourself a couple bottles (or more) and enjoy at least one now. Just give it a good 2-3 hours in the decanter and pair it with a nice steak. You'll thank yourself that you did.
An excellent Syrah now and one that will only get better with another year or two of cellar time. Did not decant this bottle, which is why the first glass was a bit locked down. With air, however, a magnificently dense & rich nose of blackberry, blueberry, leather, and a hint of tar appear... the combination is in perfect harmony. Silky smooth on the palate, no noticeable heat, with similar notes of dark fruit, leather, and a bit of spice. Medium to long finish. A $30 Syrah that's worth every penny (and then some). Highly recommended.