Stellenbosch, South Africa; 14.5% ABV
back label has the same stemware instructions as the Bordeaux Standard reds
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 14 May. Also at Berkeley 16 May
This wine is pretty good from first pour, but becomes darker, richer, and smoother after about 75 minutes in a decanter. Then it shows fairly rich, tangy, ripe, dark red cherry fruit with some complexity of redder plum, rusty earth, and a vegetal component that I found very tasty. The best I could come up for the latter is an “average” of bay leaf and cooked green bell pepper. The finish is slightly roughly textured in a plum skin sort of way, but not unpleasant. I think this wine is quite good for the price, but don’t wait to drink it after you buy it. It strikes me as just about to start going over the hill.
I saved half of this bottle in a 375ml bottle closed with a stopper and very little air. I’ll update this post if it shows anything surprising, but for now I wanted to get the word out.