Very dense, ruby-red color. Though subdued at first, with some airing it displays notes of roasted coffee, charcoal, and blackberry against a background of sweet, toasty notes. Very ripe impression with good concentration and density. The entry on the palate is at once dense, fleshy, exuberant, and displays a high level of fine-grained, supple tannins that will certainly contribute to its textural interest and harmony for many years.
International Wine CellarRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 114, May/June 2004 Highly aromatic nose combines roasted black raspberry, game and beefsteak tomato. Superripe and smooth, with lovely vinosity and subtle notes of tobacco and meat. Finishes with big, broad, spreading tannins and intriguing mineral character. Suggests a wider range of ripeness than the young 2002 sample.
Robert ParkerRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 157
Wine AdvocateRating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator