Decent young Merlot-based Bordeaux blend, but the emphasis is on young. It’s chunky in dry, numbing tannins at this point. Aging is iffy. There’s some good fruit, but also a stubborn streak of green unripeness. Try after 2008.
An improvement over the ’03, this Merlot, Cab, Cab Franc and Petite Verdot blend still shows a dry, tannic quality that doesn’t provide immediate pleasure. Nor does it seem likely to improve. The dried cherry and tobacco flavors just aren’t rich enough.