Further proof that the torrid summer of '03 in Europe has produced some very fine wines in the regions that are always hot, such as the southern Rhône. Inky purple depths of extraction in a glass. Incredible nose of black cherries, vanilla, game, black olive and savory herbs. The palate follows suit with more of the black cherries, vanilla and a bright characteristic similar to that of a ripe peach. While this wine may not be the best example of Rhône earthiness, it is something that the U.S. market will surely enjoy.