from Bodegas Ignacio Marin, Cariñena, Spain
60% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha; 12.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 9 Nov
This wine certainly looked impressive, and 2005 was a good year in Europe, but while there was nothing wrong with this wine, I was a little underwhelmed.
I thought it needed 1.5 – 2 hours of air in a decanter to show softer, ripe, darker red, cherry fruit of Grenache and some medium red cherry fruit of Tempranillo, with a slightly herbaceous character. Although it was pleasant enough, I thought the wine could have used a little more acid and complexity.
The saved single-glass, screw cap bottle was certainly more acid, bordering on too much so, and showed more of the herbaceous character as stemmy or even a little green bell pepper (although I liked it). Overall, I thought this wine was okay to good, but not very exciting.