Costers del Segre, Spain, 13.5% ABV
$4 San Pablo, CA
After pondering an inscrutable French Pinot Noir, I have a relief in this straightforwardly yummy modern Spanish Tempranillo. It’s pretty good at first pour, but with about 15 minutes in the glass, it becomes less heavy and more elegant: flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry, darker cherry, tobacco, dark earth and black pepper. The fruit is up front, ripe and jammy, but the wine has decent supporting acidity and is not flabby. A delicious, easy-drinking wine, and a good value. It starts to shut down after a couple hours, becoming less sweet and less complex, but it’s pretty easy to drink it up in those two hours. Recommended to me by the store’s wine person and I second the recommendation.