from Domaines Barons de Rothschild [Lafite]
in the Colchagua Valley, Chile; 14.0% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Sept
This wine looked extremely promising, and, while it has some issues, I liked it very much.
The first issue is that it took bloody 3.5 hours in a decanter to fully air (even I’m complaining about it 🙂 ). However, then, it was delicious, with dry, earthy, elegant fruit of blackberry, dark Bing cherry, a little boysenberry and redder cherry, a hint of green bell pepper (the second issue, since some strenuously object to this), and black pepper / earth, with nicely balancing acid. IMO, this is very good wine for the price, and it could easily last a few more years in cool storage.
The next day, the saved, single-glass, screw-cap bottle was pretty good right away, but developed more with air. Then, the fruit was a little redder, more integrated, and the green bell pepper flavor was stronger, although still in good enough balance for me. Still pretty good, but on the whole, it was better the first night, except for the airing time.