($65) Full medium ruby. Complex, perfumed nose combines crystallized blackberry and cassis, licorice, violet, spice cake, bitter chocolate and mint. Thick, dense and powerful, with slightly grapey, medicinal flavors of black fruits, violet, licorice, dark chocolate and spices. This shows terrific intensity, purity of flavor and length on the palate, with solid but fine tannins. Ultimately quite seamless and silky, even though still young. (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2003
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
Deep blackish purple. Lovely lift and savour. Slight hint of sawdust on extremely luscious fruit then some fine tannins. Pretty interesting, if non-classic wine. A real flatterer. Long but with great interest. Dry finish.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Lovely floral aromas of berries, violets and minerals. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a racy finish. A harmonious yet well-toned Warre. Reminds me of the 1991.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
Straightforward yet intense, ripe black raspberry liqueur and cassis scents are followed by a medium to full-bodied, elegant, restrained, balanced port with moderately high tannin as well as outstanding purity. It is a vintage port with impeccable finesse.
This wine was decanted for 10 hours prior to tasting. Black purple red color with lots of thin legs displaying light to moderate coloration. Gushing alcoholic fruit aromas with white and black pepper. After 24 hours in the decanter, the wine still displayed a strong nose with prominent peppery aromas. The wine is surprisingly supple and approachable now.