This wine battled for a 10, and got it

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Brand NameLucky 7
other wines reviewed
Wine NameCarmenere
Vintage (Year)2009
AVARapel Valley
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypePinotage
Wine GroupsI'll take this with chocolate
Low cost party staples
Heaven in a Bottle
Lovely reds
Alcohol %13.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating10 (on a scale of 1-10)

I was just introduced to this Lucky 7 brand wine last week in regards to trying it and writing some reviews. I will admit that I wasn't expecting anything to wow me, since the Sauvignon Blanc left me wanting a good Sauv Blanc, but this Carmenere actually is quite good.

I remember the first time that I had a Carmenere; I was at a wine tasting at Swanky Bubbles, and Greg Cohen of Southern Wine and Spirits had provided the wine. It was a wonderful bottle by Casillero del Diablo, and several weeks later, I would convince a customer at Canal's that was looking for a nice bottle for a New Year's party to pick up a case.

Well, this wine floored me. I was high on giving it a 9, but finally decided on giving it a ten. As soon as I opened this bottle, I smelled it, and it had a lovely aroma of mild tannins, smoke and plums. The color is deep purple and reminded me of the fact that I have talked much about the colors of red wine in quite awhile. It definitely is an inky purple, but also reminds me of a nice scarlet red (not the color, just the sass of the taste).

The taste is thoroughly infused with a smoky essence, and the tannins are quite soft, with the texture being very velvety. The flavor is nothing more than dark plums; no more fruit flavors, and no less than this in its purity.

This is definitely amazing for a bottle of wine that comes in at around $8.


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