“Single Vineyard Estate,” La Mancha DO, Spain; 14% ABV
60% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah
$3 at the Berkeley, CA store on 25 April
I bought this a while ago, but I delayed opening it until last night because (1) I had already reviewed the FA 2007 Tempranillo and 2009 Viura and it seemed enough to give us an idea about these wines, (2) this $3 red disappeared pretty quickly, and (3) very little interesting has shown after the sale so I somewhat reluctantly went back to this bottle.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. After about an hour of air, this wine was fuller, riper, and more complex than the the Tempranillo, showing a range of red fruits – tart cherry, dark cherry, hibiscus – down to some lighter blueberry / blackberry, and some softness of aged wood. It’s still on the more lean and acid side, but I liked it quite well for the price. No wonder it sold out quickly.
The next day, the saved single-glass bottle had fully aired, with greater forward, tangy, ripe fruit and the wood a little spiced. It was slightly oxidized but overall more yummy.