Deep deep crimson, verging on purple. Great sweet charm and intensity on the nose. Actually some sweet chocolate notes. (If this were Margaux I'd take it for Cantenac Brown!) Silky, sumptuous, very beautifully made. Lots of acidity to keep it fresh on the palate and ripe tannins. Dense and youthful but not awkward. Attractive sweetness rather than overripe jamminess. A definite over-performer - though, as usual, slightly green tannins intrude a little at the end. (17/20 points) (JR)
Clarke’s 2003 may be a sleeper of the vintage. Aromas of black currants, minerals, smoke, and damp earth emerge from this dark ruby/purple-tinged, medium-bodied, pure effort. It is reasonably generous for a wine from this backwater appellation. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Good berry with hints of espresso and tobacco. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. Smoky aftertaste. (JS)
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