Javachip - I am a big cab drinker and I had very very few 03's that were good so I stayed away from that vintage, as did most people I know. The wines were austere and a bit bitter for my palete, a huge dropoff from '01 and '02. I've tasted many '04s and am starting to taste some '05s, and from what I can tell, these vintages are also way better than '03. It's not just me who feels this way - FWIW, WS gave the '03 vintage for Napa cab an 85 ('04 was given a 90-94). BTW - the vintage rating you cite for all of california cabs and he noted it as "Irregular:.