80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo (Carignan), 5% Garnacha; 14% ABV
Rioja DOCa, Spain
$6 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 25 Feb
This wine seemed tolerably drinkable, showing reasonably rich, but slightly abrasive, darker red fruit, until after about 1.5 hours of air in a decanter. Then, it resolved very nicely into a tasty, modestly elegant and complex wine tasting of dark black cherry / kirsch, red cherry, hibiscus tea, dark aromatic spice, and wood. I thought that, while it wound up only medium-bodied, it was a very tasty wine and a lovely sweet spot in terms of maturity.
The next day, the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) was redder, simpler, and more acid. It was still reasonably tasty, but it was much better the first night. Similarly to the Antaño 2009 Crianza, although this wine is not quite over the hill, I’d easily give this a Thumbs Up if you are going to drink it all in one night. However, due to its character the next day, I’d say Drinkable.