I approached the 2004 Termes (a 100% Tempranillo or Tinto de Toro or Roriz or whatever the hell they call it) with eyes rolled into the back of my head. I thought oak and extraction and nothing else. Except lots o’ booze.
I tasted this wine over the course of three days and came away VERY impressed. Day one it was pretty big, oaky, and tannic. Day two, had a lot of minerality, graphite/pencil-y stuff, and the oak and tannins had integrated beautifully. Day three, still drinking well. The tannin even came back on day three! This is one for the cellar…give it five years. Buy two, since it’s only about 25 bucks a bottle.
One thing I really learned from this:
Wine is definitely a living thing.
I also can’t recall too often when I taste a wine on day one and think, “Eh, I don’t love it and I don’t hate it” and then on day two am really impressed. It’s not often that you are able to give a wine a second chance like that and evaluate it over the course of 48 Hours. Cool!