Puglia IGT, Italy; 12.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA store on 18 June
For the first half hour this wine was in the decanter, I seriously considered giving it a Thumbs Down. It had a major pruny stewed fruit component I couldn’t stand. However, that component declined to a tolerable level, and the wine continued to develop nicely for the next hour as fresher fruits emerged of red / purple table grapes and cherries, with a little purple plum. The body is on the lighter side of medium without being especially aromatic or complex, giving me a feeling of absence in the wine. The wine made it up to Drinkable, but I would still prefer more for the price at the GO. If you get this, don’t wait to drink it.