Just emerging from a relatively disjointed, awkward stage, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of new saddle leather, a hint of chocolate, black currants, and earth. The wine is medium-bodied, relatively tannic, yet has good underlying sweetness. It still seems a bit disjointed and potentially too austere, but time will tell. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020. Last tasted, 3/02.