Breathed this almost 3 hours before serving. Ruby red color with a brick red rim. The oak was prevalent in the nose with some layers of red fruit beneath. Rich, full bodied. Tart cherry flavors with a strong spicy oak component. This shows good intensity & has a solid structural identity, but lacks a bit in the mid palate. There is definitely too much oak character.id be interested to try a different vintage from this producer to learn if the ripeness is from the 2003 character or just the house style.
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