California; 13.9% ABV
Vinted and bottled by J. L. Giguiere, Zamora, CA
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 13 Apr
This wine intrigued me for a couple reasons. First, the back label touts “loads of black fruit,” which is something I like (especially something akin to licorice) but don’t taste in Tempranillo very often. Second, it appears to be from the same operation that made this interesting and tasty Musqué clone Chardonnay. After I bought this bottle, a customer said he found it rather young and grapey, but thought it had good stuffing to last for a while. I agree!
The wine is pretty fresh- and grapey-tasting, but with subtle complexities of dark cherry, red and black raspberries, tobacco, slight prune, and, indeed, blackberry / licorice, finishing with a layer of stemmy / woody tannin that seems to promise further evolution. I find that a little odd for a wine called “good now,” but so it is. After a couple hours’ air, the wine has a nice elegance to it, but I expect it will develop well for the next year or two.
The next day, the second half (stored in a 375ml bottle and stoppered with very little air) was softer, with the flavors less delineated and more integrated, still pretty fresh and purple-grapey, but otherwise much the same. Highly Drinkable.