2003 Ch. La Gardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape

I opened another bottle tonight; this wine already seems to be fading a bit. The fruit seems a touch raisined, and the finish shows quite a bit of acidity & dryness. Still a solid wine, but I'm not sure the 03 CdPs are built for the long haul.
I inserted another bottle of this into a blind Grenache lineup last night. This bottle seemed fresher and less raisined than the last, showing zesty strawberry/raspberry fruit; dense, chewy, still has lots of structure & tannin making it seem a tad backward. Now I'm thinking there's no hurry to drink this wine up, assuming proper storage.
89 pts.
Tonight's bottle of this wine showed significantly better than the last couple of times. Perfectly sound cork. Minerals, fruit & just a hint of secondary flavors are emerging. No awkwardness on the palate as it has come into nice balance, although still with noticeable acidity. I'd bump it back up to a 91 based on this last bottle.

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