“A juicy and soft wine with chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium body, fruity and friendly. A blend of 70% merlot/carmenere and 30% cabernet sauvignon.”
Wine & Soul - Wine Advocate
“The 2003 Pintas Vintage Port, the beginning of our vertical this issue and the first Pintas Port, is a field blend from very old vines (some 80 years or so) coming in at 115 grams per liter of residual sugar. Youthful, sweet and succulent, this is all about sex appeal on opening, even now at age 14. Tannins lurk in the background, though, and this acquires some character and a little complexity with air, the sugar receding and older-Port flavors popping up here and there. It then seemed a lot more complex. Indeed, it seemed very fine every time I took a first pour of it over several days. It seemed terrific again, for instance, on the second day tasted, even when I thought it had turned boring and flabby after several hours open on the first day. At that point, day one, I was ready to give up on it. Yet the next day it was super again. It's the nature of the vintage—this just lacks the lift and definition to the fruit that many of the others have. Yet it still has its moments. Sometimes I liked it a lot. It is an excellent debut, ready to drink, but capable of holding another couple of decades or so. Let's be conservative for the moment.”
“Tasted at the Batailley vertical tasting at the château, the 2003 Batailley continues to be one of the better Left Banks of the vintage. On the nose, ripe black cherries mixed with cassis are all nicely defined and holding on to their freshness. It manifests spicy aromas, almost Moroccan-inspired, as it gradually opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dense black fruit, a little tarry in texture with firm tannin considering that it is now 12 years old. You could broach this Pauillac now, but it should give another 10-12 years of pleasure without too much difficulty. Tasted April 2016.”
Deep red with ruby highlights. Malbec-dominated aromas of black fruits, violet, licorice and spices. Thick and rich but not especially sweet, in a slightly medicinal style; very Malbec and less complex and refined than the 2001. Finishes with big, chewy tannins and a touch of dryness. This youthfully tight wine needs patience. According to the winery, 2003 featured a cool, long growing season that was especially strong for Cabernet Sauvignon, but today it's the Malbec that's most apparent.
Amber-tinged dark red. Concentrated aromas of smoky blackcurrant and red cherry are complicated by strong notes of broth and beef bouillon. Then rich and ripe, with quite chewy tannins providing support to the soft dark plum, balsamic and spicy flavors. Still young, but I doubt the tannins will ever smoothen fully. Not my favorite Turriga, but I imagine people who like large scaled rich wines will like this more than I do.
“The thing that blew me away about this wine is that it was still incredibly fresh, and the color still had a youthful, bright hue about it. There is no way I’d have pegged it for a white with over a decade of bottle aging under its belt. Still alive. Still kicking. Still sporting more than its fair share of fresh citrus fruitiness. There were hints of its age, for sure: a little nuttiness here, a bit of toast there. But this lady was aging so gracefully, she was giving Helen Mirren a run for her money. A few more examples like this, and Hungarians can stop worrying about how well dry Furmint wines will hold up.”
“Tasting early-ripening Merlot from the scorching hot 2003 caused me to raise my eyebrows at first. But the 2003 Poggio ai Merli far exceeded my expectations. The bouquet opens to meaty tones with dark fruit and blackberry preserves on obvious display. There are distant touches of cured meat and spice as well. But you also get some of the nerve and freshness from the wine's natural acidity.”
“Voerzio's 2003 Barolo Cerequio has a level of pure class and elegance that is simply dazzling. Here, too, the balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is nothing short of remarkable. All of the vineyard signatures are in place in a Barolo that remains light on its feet and intensely perfumed through to the finish. What a gorgeous wine this is.”
“The 2003 Barolo Brunate has developed beautifully. Tobacco, plums, dried herbs, leather and smoke all flesh out in the glass. Still fresh and vibrant, the 2003 has maintained remarkable freshness. When the 2003 Brunate was young, the tannins were formidable. Today, all the elements are in the right place. Voerzio's Barolo Brunate is clearly one of the stars of the vintage. The personality of the year is evident in a Barolo that is hitting its peak right now. Hints of new leather, tobacco, savory herbs and orange peel add exoticism and nuance.”
“Leather, iron, smoke, black cherries, plums and menthol wrap around the palate in the 2003 Barolo Riserva Vecchie Viti dei Capalot e delle Brunate. A huge, hulking wine, the 2003 boasts tons of depth and pure volume. Although not quite as fresh as the Sarmassa, the Vecchie Viti dei Capalot e delle Brunate boasts striking intensity and more than enough depth to drink well for at least another handful of years. Iron, smoke and tobacco wrap around the pulsating finish.”