This is a very successful 2003 showing none of the cooked and candied notes common throughout France and Italy in that year. Colour is still a robust red with little bricking. The fruit was perhaps a bit sweeter and more ingratiating than in most vintages and the body fuller. I commented on a previous bottle two years ago that there was less acidity and tang than usual but I did not feel that with this bottle. The Fèlsina class is very much present. I reckon that there is plenty more life here. My last bottle, however, so I will not be able to test that.
Drank half the bottle the first night, and the second half several days later after storing it in a half bottle. On the first night, it was a little shy on the nose and palate. There is some earthiness, sour cherry and a hint of mushrooms with firm acidity. After several days, it had softened a bit, and I actually liked it better. There was still the same basic flavor profile, but the acids were a little less prevalent, and it had a warmer personality. Overall not bad, but not the most complex or interesting wine.
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