Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Y León, Spain
85% Tempranillo, 15% Shiraz, 13.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Sept
The first night this wine was open, even over three hours, it never seemed like it fully aired. It showed tasty fruit of blueberry, medium purple plum, and tart red raspberry, with a slight funky, herbal component, but always remained sort of hard and acid.
On the second night, the second half (stored in a 375ml bottle and stoppered with little air) was more forward and softer, less acid. However, it still didn’t seem to show all it had, so I saved a little in the half bottle, but stoppered with a lot of air over it, as a reader once recommended for especially reserved wines: “If you gave the bottle some head room and let it sit over night and it didn’t develop some smoothness and complexity then I doubt it will with more aging.”
The last remaining bit of this wine still needed a while in the glass to smooth and mellow out and become pretty good. Then it shows full-bodied textured fruit with a nice earthy complexity, still a bit on the acid side. So… I’d guess it’d be fine to drink now, especially if you do something like put it in a covered decanter at lunchtime to drink with dinner. Or you could age it in cool and even storage for 5-8 years.