100% Grenache; 13% ABV; screw cap; from Cariñena DO, Spain
bottled by Bodegas Ignacio Marin; imported by AW Direct
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 8 June
I had wanted a Pinot Noir to go with a lighter-flavored soup, but I didn’t have one on hand, so I opened this bottle thinking it would also be a lighter red. That turned out to be only slightly true, as this is actually a pretty substantial wine for the money.
I thought it needed about 75 minutes in a decanter before it became ok to drink. It showed flavors of tangy red cherry and raspberry in a medium body, a bit on the tart side, but good enough with the soup. However, it was really as the evening went on that the wine impressed me. I liked it best as I was finishing it off, about three hours after I had opened it, when it tasted of dark black cherry and raspberry, purple grape, and some dark, funky earth / maybe rubber. It was a bit disjoint, with a slightly odd flavor, but pretty tasty and no longer especially acid.
The next day, the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) still needed about 75 minutes of air in the glass to become nicely integrated, tasting of ripe, medium purple boysenberry and cherry, earth, and a mildly stemmy flavor. I’m not super wild about the wine, but I think it’s solid and tasty enough to push it into Thumbs Up.