Bright deep ruby to the rim. Knockout nose combines blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate, orange peel, leather, graphite and exotic spices, plus light vegetal and animal nuances. A wine of great thrust and flavor intensity; black fruit, bitter chocolate and spice flavors dance on the palate. Finishes with terrific grip and persistence, and a late hint of dried herbs. A bit cooler than the '98, and better for it.
Medium ruby. Jammy dark berries, toasty oak and a hint of grapefruit on the nose; ripe-verging-on-raisiny. Superripe and superconcentrated, with almost painful intensity of flavor and great liqueur-like sweetness. Very thick but not over the top. Finishes very long and youthful, with lush tannins and palate-staining fruit.