Douro DOC, Portugal
35% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Barroca, 15% Touriga Nacional; 13% ABV
imported by Broadbent Selections, San Francisco
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on about 22 July.
I felt like this wine never fully aired on its first night open. It seemed to promise becoming dense, dark earthy, red-fruited. Instead, it was rather sour and unyielding, but it slowly opened more over 4.5 hours or so. The flavors were in the vein of dark cherry, red plum, cranberry / hibiscus tea.
The next day, however, the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle promised to open up more fully, but still never quite made it. It showed flavors of dark ripe and tart plum, cranberry, black earth, dark roses / violets, still with pretty strong acid. With these results, I think this is pretty good wine for the price, but I’d recommend putting it down in cool storage for 4 to 6 years. If you want to drink it now, I’d suggest putting it in a covered decanter for 6 hours to a day before serving.