Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina; 13.8% ABV
$6 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 24 Dec. Not much left today. Plenty at Richmond, CA.
I decanted this wine off a decent amount of sediment, a job made more difficult by the cast (a precipitate that adheres to the side of the bottle) in the shoulder. It’s immediately evident that it’s pretty substantial wine, but I thought it needed 1.5 – 2 hours in the decanter to start showing its stuff.
The wine tastes of rich, dark fruit of blackberry / mulberry, cherry, and red plum, and tangy earth. It has a rather tannic finish that does not bite so much as slowly and firmly clamp down, so it might be better with food. The main thing about this wine is that, although the fruit is ripe, it’s not at all jammy in the California way. Instead, it’s very dry, earthy, and tannic. I would guess that Expat will like it a lot. Although it’s good now, I believe it will hold on well, and likely develop further, with a few more years in cool storage.
Update 12 March: Soon after this review, I bought a couple more bottles and i opened one of them tonight. I cancel my suggestion that this wine will likely improve with age. The bottle tonight needed 2+ hours of air in a decanter, but it seemed farther along in its evolution, with no need for more age. Still quite delicious.