A flavorful, tangy wine with spice, meat and chalk notes offsetting the excellent vintage's ripe, chewy fruit. Has a lively palate texture and the slight herb-metallic overtones typical of many Rhône blends. Full without being weighty, this is well-structured with modest tannins to lose. Drinkable now with hearty fare, it will benefit from a another year of aging and be at its best from 2003 to 2007 and beyond. Editors' Choice.