Robert Parker 89
An open-knit and less intense nose than the 1996 with notes of cherry and violets. Pretty but weak. The palate is much more forward than the 1996: supple, rounded with almost voluptuous young red fruits. The oak is not as well-integrated as I expected and there is a touch of greenness on the finish, which lacks the flourish of the 1996. Drink from now until 2010. I expected more. A similar note in November 2004. The nose is soft and lack intensity. Develops savory character with aeration. The palate is simple and supple, dominated by Merlot. A bit linear, a good wine but not one that really engages the palate. Meaty finish. Quite forward. Drink now.
Anticipated maturity: 2004-0