Tempranillo, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache
San Luis Obispo, California, USA
$22.99 -- Costco, Austin, TX
Color: Deep reddish-purple
Nose: Smoke, blackberry jam, a little heat, root beer
Front: Dark chocolate
Middle: Blackberry pie, espresso
Back: Dusty, big tannins; vanilla oak
Burns clean?: Yes
This is a strange little wine. It's not little, actually, in the palatal sense: it's beefy and big, with pronounced, edgy tannins. It's clumsy but charismatic, like a good, but really young actor. I'm tempted to cellar a bottle of this for two years just to see what happens. It might end up sickly sweet or utterly herbal. But it might just elegantize. That's right, I just neologized.
If you like you a tannic monster, I think you'll find this interesting. It's my style, I must admit; quirky, not over-oaked, with that tangy rich fruit of the Paso/San Luis Obispo area, but encased in darkness.