produced and bottled by Bodegas Pagos de Aráiz, Navarra DO, Spain
55% Tempranillo, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Graciano; 14% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 23 June
Although I usually take care to note how much air a wine needs (to my taste only), I can’t recall this wine changing very much over the few hours it was open on its first night. It showed ripe, robust fruit of red / purple plum / maybe cherry, some rough earth / spice, with stronger acid of those fruits. It’s satisfying enough with heavier fare (in my case, salami, bread with olive oil, or bread with bacon fat).
The saved single-glass, screw-cap bottle was pretty similar until it had aired a couple hours or so, when the fruit smoothed out and sweetened considerably, becoming more pleasant to my palate, at least. This might be one to put in a covered decanter for a day before drinking it, or something to look forward to the second day of.