I almost poured this wine down the drain shortly after I opened it because it was so weird initially. I'm glad I put it away and drank it the next night, because the time helped it a lot.
Bright intense ruby color. The first day, the nose was just bizarre. First, there was a ton of that pungent, American oak smell I associate with old school Rioja, but it was coupled with an almost cartoonishly exaggerated tangy, rhubarby/boysenberryish fruit--almost like it was concocted in a New Jersey food lab. So I put the Vacu-Vin on it and forgot about it for a day. The next night, it was far more normal. The American oak smell was gone and a pure, bright, blackberryish fruit emerged. There was good concentration in the mouth, but with nice balance. Clingy, pure, deep fruit, a long finish, and pretty good acidity. Almost imperceptible tannin added some frame to it. Very nice dinner accompaniment. Scored on the second night, I would give it a B+. Give this wine LOTS of air time to come around. Was $19.99 at Arrowine in Arlington.