Madiran, France; 13% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 21 Oct. It’s no longer there, but I saw it in the Berkeley store today.
DLuber reviewed the 2000 bottling here; this one is better, somewhat of a surprise since 2000 was a generally better vintage.
The first pour is pretty tasty, but promises more with air. Indeed, after about an hour of air, the fruit becomes darker and riper-tasting, with fruit of dark plum, black grape, red cherry / dark red raspberry, and earth, with a thicker, tannic texture that is not at all unpleasant. The flavors and texture reminds me somewhat of a Portuguese red. The saved single-glass screw-cap bottle was still very good the next day.