Based on some of the less than stellar older reviews, this appears to be yet another 2003 that has hit its stride only recently. Ripe plum nose, taste is right on at this time for this blend. I'd say it has 3-5 years left in it.
More tannic than the 2004, which was a surprise. Nose of dark berries. Notes of blackberry, red raspberry, plum, cola & leather. Throwing a bit of sediment to one side of the bottle. Drink now. Score: 88
ADDENDUM: Had the second half of the bottle the next evening. What a difference a day makes. Tannins have magically mellowed. Flavours are more cohesive. We can ratchet-up the score by a full 2 points. What it is telling me is that this puppy still needs a good decant. Allow for 2-4 hrs. Drink now or over the next three years. Score: 90
Slightly cloudy dark red. Creamy raspberry cheesecake and spicey cedar nose. Full bodied, plums, blackberries, licorice, nutmeg, sweet rounded tannins, tobacco, good acid, and a medium to long finish. Well integrated and delicious.
Very dark with a slight edge - with the Malbec and Tannat mostly responsible, I think. Tannins were pretty smoothed out. Cab provided juicy cover for the deeper foundation. Surprised at how good this was - my experience with 2003 Napa cab has been so-so, until now. Very happy with this wine. No need to wait. Drinking well right now.
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