Bordeaux, France; 13% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 Oct
I thought this wine looked promising because it’s a few years old now, older than most Bordeaux we get, and the “88 points” sticker from the Wine Enthusiast. (I’ve liked their online tasting notes.) Indeed, I think this is pretty good for the price.
I thought the wine needed 1:40 of air in a decanter to relax and show its fruit, starting with a fairly simple earthy red cherry. It continued to develop nicely until we finished off the first ¾ of the bottle, about 3 hours after opening. Then, it showed complex dark fruits of ripe plum, cherry, mulberry / blackberry, purple grape, with typical Bordeaux brown earthiness, in a lighter medium body.
The saved, single-glass, screw-cap bottle still needed a bit of air, slowly developing along a similar path as the first part of the bottle, although the fruit didn’t seem to be as forthcoming. I didn’t really give that glass long enough to air, but it did at least show that the wine will be fine the next day.