Mendoza, Argentina; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 29 June
(Sorry, I forgot to photograph this bottle before recycling it.) This wine seemed promising, seeming to have nice fruit buried beneath a good bit of tannin. Even after two hours of air in a decanter, however, the wine still was not very open, showing mostly candy-like tartness and tannin. After 2.5 hours, it darkened to blackberry / dark boysenberry, funky tar, and still finishing with strong tannin and strongish acid.
The next day, the wine was more open and integrated, with rich ripe fruit, tannins and acid. It’s pretty substantial — showing flavors of purple plum / plum skin, dark red / purple cherry, and dark earth — if not all that complex or pleasurable. I’d guess it would still benefit from more age.