Mendoza, Argentina; 13.8% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 Sept
This wine is pretty tasty from first pour, but gets downright delicious after about 45 minutes of air. It shows somewhat tangy and earthy, dark red / medium purple fruit of cherry / plum, grape, and raspberry, and a little aromatic spice. Although not strongly structured, the taste is nicely delineated. It made me think that this is what you drink while waiting for the Las Huertas Cabernet to air. 🙂
The next day, the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) was more simple, acid, and robust, still very flavorful and yummy, tasting more of blackberry / tar, and reminding me a good bit of Petite Sirah. IMO, although you shouldn’t think of aging it, this is a heck of a bottle for $4.