Catalunya DO, Spain
50% Tempranillo, 50% Merlot; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 13 Aug
At first pour, this seems promising, although the Tempranillo’s dry, dusty earth and the Merlot’s soft dark plum / cherry fruit were rather far apart, not at all well blended. However, after about 80 minutes in a decanter, the wine integrated incredibly well, showing darker earthy black and red fruit with dusty earth / spice, really becoming more complex than the the sum its parts.
A few days later, the second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle, was initially soft and fruity. This disappointed me because it seemed like the Merlot had “won” in the blend. However, about 45 minutes later, the soft fruitiness cleared up and the wine again became more clearly delineated and structured, some earthiness showing up again. It was not as dark and complex as on the first night, but still pretty good. Overall, I’d give this tasty wine a solid Drinkable.