The oak seems obvious on the nose and it reeks of camphor. There is some pine needle sap and dried flower lift to the aroma as well. In the mouth it is loaded with creamy blood plum fruit and has some aniseed spice. It is just a tad boring and is the first time I can ever remember tipping the remainder of a glass of DRC into the spittoon.
A fair tight nose of super ripe black fruit, red fruit and spice. The palate just seems over done with ripe and sweet red and black fruit. Dense and primary. Some burnt rhubarb and coffee. Narrow finish of medium length. I'm sure this will unwind in time, but the flavor profile is not for me. That said, it's a DRC so I will happily drink it when opened.
HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Ruby colour. Dusty and stemmy on the nose, with some red cherry notes. Very restrained on the palate and a lot of stemmy and earthy flavours. Balanced by red fruit and great acidity. In the context of all the other '03s I've had, this is an incredibly well-made of bottle wine; in fact, this is an awesome wine altogether. Very light tannins but everything's in balance.
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(Romanée-Conti Echézeaux) Medium-plus colour. Bright, ebullient nose: at first it's wide and fat, becoming sleeker with time. Eventually there is a dense core of slightly indistinct fruit overlayed with a minty tone. The instant impression in the mouth is from the texture of the tannins, they're not the most cultured - plenty of rasp - followed by ripe, sweet fruit that ends with an interesting touch of sourness. There's a long, intruiging finish that has a little saccharin about it. I'd have no concern over drinking this today as it's a lovely wine, but vs other recent vintages it's just a little more simple.
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