McLaren Vale, South Australia, 14.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 9 Nov
This older Shiraz, from a good area, looked quite promising. It took me a week to get to it, but it is indeed very good.
It was pretty tasty right away, but for me, it definitely rewarded giving it about 90 minutes of air in a decanter, when some roughness smoothed out and more complexity emerged. Then, it showed richer, dark fruit of purple plum and black raspberry, with black pepper and slightly pruney aged complexity. The ripeness is well balanced with acid of these fruits.
The saved single-glass, screwcap bottle shows more tasty earthy and tarry / herbal complexity, but is also is a little less smooth and rich. I think I preferred it the first night, but both are good, and overall definitely Thumbs Up!
(The label is white and looks yellowish tan only because of the poor light under which I took the photo.)