This 2003, fat and full, shows skilled winemaking, extracting intensity of flavor and a fine balance from a hot, superripe year. Toast and cream flavors at the fore, along with a light touch of acidity.
With polished, new-wood aromas and flavors, this is a smooth wine. Hints of mint go with the black plum notes and the firmer, bitter chocolate flavors. In a modern style, this is likely to age quickly.