So on to the 2004. I often wonder how usefull side by side tastings are, but this one was quite informative. The problem is that while the wines are not too far apart in age (1 year) how much of a difference does that make compared to the vintage? Most of the time, not much I think.
With these two bottles, I think most of the differences are a result of the vintage. The 03 has pure, powerful fruit and tannins with matching oak treatment and perfect balance. Where as the 04 shows a herbal edge and more intraverted fruit, loads of acid and more restrained tannins. Both very good wines and both worthy of the cellar for an extended period.
Restrained on the nose, but opens up really well with earthy mulberry, dark cherry, sage and woody herbs, espresso and cedary oak. Initially, the acid level is quite high, but evens out as the tannins build to give balance. As with the 03, there is savory ripe mulberry and dark cherry, its a little bit shy at the moment but you can see the depth. This added with cola, sage, pepper and liquorice keep more than enough interest going. A big lick of the liquorice strap on the way out. Just pipped by the 03 at this stage, only time will tell the full story. 94+ Pts.
Source: The Spanish Acquisition Cost: $120 Closure: Conventional Cork