Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC, Italy; 12.5% ABV
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 14 May
I opened this before I started to cook, pouring off a half bottle for another night and leaving the rest in the open bottle. When dinner started, it was nearly 90 minutes later and, by then, the wine was fully open and quite good for the price. It showed textured fruit of darker purple / red plum, prune, black earth, and some black pepper. In addition to ripe fruit, it had the stronger acid typical of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, but for me this went well with a pasta with red sauce and sausage.
A couple days later, the second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air, was softer and fruitier, less earthy and acid, but still tasty enough. Overall, pretty good for an every day wine at this price. Don’t wait to drink it.