The first of these wines was from Bodega El Transito (Argentina) and their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, the downside of this wine is that the winery uses a plastic cork closure for all their wines, so the oxidization has already begun, but this wine was one of the few that benefited from the extra air. Sweet dried prunes/black fruit on the nose with a jammy-cassis-black raspberry flavour, there's even a hint of baker's cocoa on the finish which is laced with raspberry and vanilla. In the mouth the wine feels full and robust leaving behind a pleasant finish, though there are port-like qualities developing. This one would be quite ageable under cork or even screwcap, but because they have opted for plastic you have about a year or two before this one is fully oxidized and undrinkable - too bad - so enjoy now.
The next wine is from my favorite Bolivian winery (in truth I only know this one), La Concepcion, with this elegant 2007 Syrah - this mid-ranged alcohol (12.2%) wine is lovely with its smoked meat and bacon grease smells. When first opened it had a leathery quality, but 24 hours later it has softened somewhat, replacing the leather with white pepper and smoked meat wrapped in a combination of white pepper laced red and black fruit - this wine could still stand to be laid down for an extended period of time - I will check it again tomorrow ... it is the only wine of the whole tasting that I will be doing this experiment again on.