(Note from 02/2005 review, re-reviewed with same score but no new note in 06/2005) The 2003 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard displays the telltale squid ink-like color with some purple hues, and a stupendous nose of pure, black fruits intermixed with minerals, licorice, and incense. Full-bodied, with massively extracted flavors but incredibly well-balanced and vibrant, this wine needs 5-10 years of bottle-age and should age effortlessly for a quarter of a century. (RP)
What an aroma. So Côte-Rôtie, so powerful and rich, yet so refined. Masses of white pepper, cassis, freshly ground French roast, cocoa, gingersnap cookie, char, vanilla, cinnamon—and that’s just the smell! In the mouth, there’s all that and more. Dry, massive, deep and long. A triumph. *Cellar Selection*
Bright, deep ruby. Low-toned plum syrup aroma is lifted by a note of orange zest. Sweet and fine-grained, with dragon fruit, hard cherry candy and mineral flavors lifted by citrus and exotic flowers. Wonderfully plush but fresh wine with serious tannic clout. Still evolving. (ST) 92+?
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