Bordeaux, France; xx.x% ABV
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
from Barons de Rothschild [Lafite]
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on about 21 Sept
This wine was brought to us by the same company who made the lovely Las Huertas 2011 Cabernet, so I thought it was worth trying it for a dollar less. (Besides the same name, note the same “sheaf of arrows” design at the top of the Las Huertas bottle as on this label.) This wine is a bit young, and, so far, solid but not especially exciting.
On the first night, the wine needed about a couple hours to air as much as it was going to. Then, it showed rather dull and hard blue fruit, with a tannic finish. It was not bad, but I found it a little boring and unyielding. It seemed to promise more the next day.
The saved, single-glass, screwcap bottle was at first redder but still rather hard and dull. After about 90 minutes in the glass, it finally softened up to give earthy flavors of medium ripe red cherry, tart red currant, and a little dark cherry / blackcurrant (cassis), with a dusty, tannic finish. While this is hardly an amazing wine, it would be pretty safe to buy some at this low price and have it as a casual drinking wine for the next 4 to 5 years, especially if you like the earthy, less ripe-fruited Bordeaux style.