The 2003 Pluribus (the debut vintage of this cuvee) performed spectacularly. Created from some of the estate’s youngest vines planted in decomposed white tufa volcanic soils at an elevation of 1,100 to 1,300 feet on Spring Mountain, it offers a stunning blue/purple color, copious quantities of blueberries, black raspberries and violet-infused fruit intermixed with hints of foresty flora. Rich, full-bodied and pure, this beautiful 2003 is several years away from full maturity, but it should keep for two more decades. The single vineyard wines represent Bill Harlan’s concept of offering single vineyard, micro-climate/terroir-based wines from distinctive sectors of Napa Valley. (RP)
Good dark ruby-red. Rather cool scents of black cherry, licorice, cedar and loam, plus a minty suggestion of the conifer forest that surrounds this vineyard. Densely packed, chewy and sweet, showing a chocolatey ripeness that gives it considerable appeal right now. I recall that this wine appeared to be sweeter and fuller shortly after being bottled but by now it has lost a good deal of its baby fat. (ST-Vinous)
Rich, sumptuous and super-expressive, the 2003 Pluribus has aged impeccably. This is a terrific showing from Pluribus in its first release. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, espresso, licorice, tobacco and menthol all fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. I don't expect the 2003 will improve materially from here, but it should drink well for another handful of years or more. (AG)
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