Deep ruby in color. This wine is clean, intense and persistent of red
fruit, strawberry jam, violets, plums and spices of vanilla, pepper and
clean toasted wood on the nose. A full-bodied wine, it is smooth in the
front with rich persistent tannins on the finish.
The wine is absolutely lovely in the glass, with deep purple colors, and a nose that just exudes dark fruit, with ample aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and cassis overlaying a hint of leather and cedar. The taste is wonderfully complex, with a burst of fruit up front, lovely ripe plum, black cherry, and sweet blackberry that transition to some wonderful herb notes, along with some earthy notes of limestone and forest floor. The finish is just wonderful, as the refined tannins support a long, lush and dry finish (I know those seem like contradictory terms, but really they aren't!). See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/06/2003-scala-dei-priorat.html
Big & Bold
Smells great. 3 stars for first taste. The wine and aroma really opened up after decanting. By the time I was finished, I gave it 4 stars