91% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre; 14.5% ABV
Santa Barbara County, CA
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 9 Apr
On the first night, until it aired about 1:40, had a weird flavor that I could best describe as new black tire rubber. This seemed to air out to make a pretty good wine for $5: dark cherry, boysenberry, redder blueberry, black raspberry, a little charred meat. A little heavy and inelegant, slightly low acid, but tasty. If you liked the 2005 IO red blend, you’d like this too.
On initial opening, I saved half of it in a 375ml bottle closed with a stopper and very little air. At first, the second half showed that weird black rubber but this aired out after about 30 – 45 minutes. After slightly longer, the heaviness of the wine relaxes to leave a more supple wine tasting of lighter purple plum, purplish cherry, black olive, redder blueberry, a little ripe blackberry, dark aromatic spice, and charred meat. It still seems not really in balance, but I’m not sure how to say what’s wrong with it. Still, for $5, it’s a pretty impressive wine.