IGP Pays D’Oc, France
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 18% Malbec; 13.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 1 July
This is one of those rare wines for which I advise, “Pop and pour!” I decanted it and tasted it after 30 minutses, when it showed delicious ripe fruit of dark red / purple cherry, blackberry / mulberry, dark earth, and at times only a hint of green bell pepper. This wine, although made from traditional Bordeaux grape varietals, is apparently not from Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast, but from the Languedoc on the Mediterranean coast. I’d say that, even though this wine is French, much like the Cameron Hughes Crozes-Hermitage that arrived at the same time, it tastes very Californian. Unfortunately, over a couple hours, the flavors simplified, becoming more red, including red cherry / ripe red currant, showing stronger sweet vanilla, with the green bell pepper completely vanishing. This wine would be a good candidate, not only for not airing, but also for not decanting. I guess I have to go with Drinkable, although this would be a great wine for parties, dinner or otherwise, where it will be appreciated right after opening and consumed quickly.
The next day, the second half (stored in a 375ml screw-cap bottle with very little air) was more durable. redder fruit, still ripe and jammy, spiced earth, still yummy and modestly complex.