Rioja DOCa, Spain; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 20 Sept
Good from first pour, tangy red cherry fruit, slightly syrupy and tart, earthy. Over 1.5 – 2 hours, darkens to include more purplish cherry / almost plum, a little tangy black raspberry, perhaps a little orange, supported by wood. Drinkable and very near the end of its life. Drink immediately.
The saved single-glass, screwcap bottle is initially no longer syrupy, a little more tart, with the wood more spicy. After a while in the glass, the fruit sweetens and becomes a little more viscous again, becoming again fairly good. It still tastes like it should be drunk soon, but it’s also still tasty enough.