“Estate Grown, High Elevation,” Tulum Valley, Argentina
I think it’s 50% Syrah, 50% Tannat; 13.5% ABV
$4 on 11 Nov at the Richmond, CA, store
I first saw this at the Berkeley store on the Saturday of the recent sale, but didn’t have time to go through the checkout line. It vanished pretty quickly from the Berkeley store, so I picked it up when I saw it at the Richmond store. It’s interesting wine, if slightly challenging.
On the first night, it needed about two hours to open, when it started to show its two grapes – dark, tangy plum from the Tannat and blueberry from the Syrah. However, it was still a bit rough, acid, and tannic.
The saved single-glass screw cap bottle, however, opened nicely and showed red fruits with complexities of plum, blueberry, cinnamon, prune, wood, and earth, still with a fairly tannic finish. This opening of the saved glass reminds me of the recent 2003 Ch. de la Motte Madiran. Although this is not as dense a wine, it’s still quite good for the price, and may be better with a few more years of age.