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Even though there’s loads of fig, mocha and spice up front here, this is really holding back, with a dense core of tar, black licorice, espresso and bittersweet cocoa held in check by some serious grip.
It is a spectacular effort boasting enormous richness, a wealth of glycerin, and a long, heady, concentrated finish. This profound 2003 may not eclipse the 1999, but it is a bigger wine, with more obvious alcohol, texture, and power.
Fresh raspberry and boysenberry aromas complicated by floral and roasted herb accents. Silky in texture, with deep, jammy dark fruit flavors and subtle bracing acidity. Impressively fresh for the vintage, finishing sweet and very long.