There has been a lot of hype surrounding this vintage, regardless of variety. Well, I must admit that some of it is warranted. As a result of truly minimal handling, we bottled this in May 2005, quite late for most producers. Surprisingly complex, it is showing its youthful cassis most toward the forefront right now. The generous French oak is already well integrated (only I know how much there is really there). Textural, chewy, firm and juicy with a long, zippy finish, it should continue to integrate well over the next 4–5 years. For those who are impatient, when paired with big food it is extremely pleasurable right now.