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March 31, 2005

03 Magnificent Wine Company, House Wine

Like a concentrated version of 2002 Lot 1, this is a juicer's worth of saddle leather, smoked blueberries, and peppered steak that hits with the intensity and clarity of some of Washington's better cabernets. The 03 also includes 31% merlot, 9% syrah, and 1% cab franc, but is ultimately focused on the earthy, sinewy, fleshy cab. If the dynamic flavors and robust aroma aren't enough, the structure of this wine -- especially for its youth -- sets its quality well beyond its price point. The acid is clean, and the tannins are aggressive enough for food, yet integrated enough for everyday sipping. Milky vanilla and spiced rum round out the finish.


Blogger jens at cincinnati wine said...

Just tasted last week when a rep dropped off. Great table wine! I say buy a case!

jens rosenkrantz

4:36 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

I couldn't agree more. A lot of people are starting to get scared of this wine becuase it's becoming so ubiquitous in the marketplace. I love everything Charlie Smith does, and I can't say how gratifying it is to find that his quality is consistent at every price point.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

A lot tighter and hotter this time around; still delicious.

8:19 PM  

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