30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 35% Samsó (Carignan), 15% Merlot; 14.5% ABV
Priorat DOQ, Spain
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 April
This wine, with its Priorat origin, interesting blend, and saturated color through the bottle, looked quite promising. It was mostly good, but also a bit weird.
The wine had tasty, dark, tangy fruit of blackberry / boysenberry, plum, and blueberry / mulberry that was elegantly complex, but also with a strange character I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s sort of a combination of artificial candy / cough syrup plus brown / black rubber. Despite those unpleasant-sounding descriptions, it actually wasn’t terrible to drink, especially as it aired over a few hours, even if it didn’t really taste like what I think wine should taste like.
The second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air, was better. The strange aspects were more subdued and integrated and, if I just took it as a tasty beverage, and didn’t think about it too much, it was fine.