unfiltered Tempranillo from Rioja DOCa, Spain; 13.5% ABV
88 pts from Tanzer
$3 at the Richmond, CA, store on 1 April
This wine seemed promising at first pour, with modestly complex, tart red fruits, but it really needed about 75 minutes in a decanter to air. Then, it shows tangy / tart (good with food), dark red / purple cherries / almost plum, and cherry pit / wood / cinnamon, in a medium body. It’s modestly complex, and not super yummy or anything, but it’s pretty good and definitely a Rioja. As it continued to air, the fruit darkened to plum and black earth / spice, and acid intensified to the point where it was not really pleasant on its own. While it’s good now, it strikes me as just about to get too old, so don’t wait at all to drink it.
The next day, the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle was still quite good. It was very similar to how it was on the first day, and although more acid, it was very tasty with food. I’ve been ambivalent about Drinkable vs. Thumbs Up, but I think that, with the caveat that it’s a food wine, I’ll go with Thumbs Up at this price.