50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc; 13% ABV
Bergerac (region just east of Bordeaux), France
imported by Max Beverage of South Pasadena, CA
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store around 14 Oct
This wine is quite young, still in a softly textured, more fruity phase, not yet “hardened” into wine. Nonetheless, it is a fairly substantially built wine with good fruit. After a couple hours or so, the wine shows soft, ripe earthy red cherry and black raspberry threatening to become cassis, acid of red currants. After 5 hours of air, it became reasonably tasty, if still too young. After 6 hours, the fruit becomes fuller and really quite tasty, with dark cassis or almost blackberry coming forth, and still with thicker, earthy tannin.
The second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) showed similar evolution to the first, but never quite opened up as much as the first half did. I would say this is a pretty good buy, especially if you have reasonably good storage for your wine and have the patience to wait 5 – 8 years.