I’m a big fan of red wine so when I Tweeted recently that I was enjoying a glass (or two) of Big House Red California red wine, complete with a photo of the wine, I was a tad giddy when I was contacted to review Seven, a red wine from Spain that is also part of the Octavin Home Wine Bar.
I enjoyed this wine so much that I was reluctant to share it with my husband. In fact, the 3 liter box was empty in less than a week. Or maybe I shouldn’t admit that to ya’ll!
I know a lot of people think many red wines, such as merlot, are too strong, but this is a medium blend wine that is not too oaky or heavy. I’m not a well-schooled wine connoisseur, but I know what I like in wines. Seven would be excellent with steak but is light enough to enjoy with cheese and crackers in the evening.
The other unique thing about the Octavin Home Wine Bar is the 8-sided boxed packaging. This ain’t your mama’s ordinary boxed wine! Octavin’s patent-pending package design prevents oxidation so that every glass you pour tastes as fresh and flavorful as if the wine was just opened (up to 6 weeks after your first sip), making it perfect for those wine lovers who want just a small glass of wine with dinner. Of course, uh, we drank it much faster than that and hey that’s OK, too.
From the Octavin website:
Our artisan winemaker selected seven red wine varietals to craft an energetic, engaging wine blend. Bodegas Osborne has longstanding, deep roots in the Spanish wine industry, and uses its traditions as a starting point for Seven, not as a constraint. Our “Nuevo Vino” approach was the inspiration for this wine – it is a fantastic blend of the best of Old World Spain’s wine structure, soft tannins and earthy complexity, combined with New World fruit flavors and approachability. Jose has an ambitious goal for Seven: “To create a very distinctive, flavorful modern Spanish wine that still reflects the traditional characteristics of our Spanish roots.”
Seven is a blend featuring 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Syrah, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Tempranillo, 8% Grenache, and 8% Graciano grapes. The suggested retail price is $22 for 3 Liters, which is a great deal for a quality wine.
So lovers of white wines, the next time you want to expand your wine palate and delve into reds, I would definitely suggest you take a trip to Spain and try Octavin Seven.