70% Tempranillo, 30% Merlot; 13.50% ABV
Cariñena DO, Spain
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 10 Sept
This bottle and label looked quite promising to me, but to my surprise had not been selling well, so I thought I’d check it out. I think it’s quite good for the price.
The wine was promising right away, but needed 2+ hours in a decanter to air to my satisfaction, when it showed flavors of dark purple plum and grape, red plum, bitterness of plum skin / tar, and a still somewhat tannic finish. Although tasty, especially with food, it really did seem like it had not totally relaxed and opened up, and like it could age well in good storage for the next few years.
A few days later, the saved single-glass screwcap bottle still needed a little air before becoming better than on the first night: similar flavors, but well-integrated, smooth and ripe, although very slightly rough or maybe sulfurous. Overall, I think it is pretty good wine for the low price.