Bordeaux AOC, France
imported by Aquitane Wine USA, LLC
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12.5% ABV
$10 at the Richmond, CA, store on around 24 Feb
I believe I bought this after a couple customers recommended it. I thought it was good but not especially remarkable.
I decanted the wine and left it alone for a couple hours. The fruit became more accessible, showing earthy red cherry / redcurrant, darkening over time to include a little blackcurrant / blackberry. It struck me as tasty Bordeaux, but nothing exceptional.
A number of days later, the saved, single-glass, screw-cap bottle showed its fruit a little more soft and sweet, and was much more immediately pleasant, but was otherwise much the same.
The gold-colored sticker says “Concours des Grands Vins de France a Macon, Medaille D’Or, 2015.”