from Alejandro Fernández; La Mancha DO, Spain
100% Tempranillo; 14.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 2 Sept
This wine looked pretty interesting, but my bottle was quite disappointing. Although with some air, it tasted of softer, tasty ripe fruit of black raspberry / darker red cherry and purple grape, it was marred by a sort of earthy / rubbery funk, especially on the finish. It has been a while since I’ve had a corked wine, but this matches my recollections of a badly corked wine. A customer returned a bottle, and wanted me to taste it to see what I thought. It tasted just like my (likely) corked bottle. However, G.L.Pease had a bottle that he said was not corked, but was unexciting wine. Given the higher risks-to-reward on this one, I’m going with Thumbs Down.