“Seven” is lucky for wine drinkers who dare to experience the wild side of the box.
This Spanish red wine blend ($21.99) is snorting to be released from the confines of its octagon-shaped box and cascaded joyfully into a stemmed glass. This 3L box from Octavin Home Wine Bar is equivalent to four 750 glass bottles (about $5.50 each) which means the last glass is the fresh as the first and you have saved a bundle.
This approachable wine from the renowned Bodegas Osborne is raging with seven distinct varietals: 25 cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent merlot, 18 percent syrah, 8 percent petit verdot, 8 percent tempranillo, 8 percent grenache and 8 percent graciano.
The winemaker Jose Maria Nieto uses Spanish wine traditions as a starting point for “Seven”, not as a constraint. It is a blend of the best of Old World wine structure – soft tannins and earthly intricacies combined with New World stunning fruit taste.
“The grapes are picked at the coolest part of the day, just before sunrise,” Nieto said. “We chose to use micro-oxygenation to maximize fruit flavors and soften tannins rather than expose the fruit to oak fermentation. The pleasing result is the perfect mix of magical aromas, dark berry fruit flavors and a burst of sin ( a ‘shout out’ to those “Seven Deadly” ones).
Enjoy this with saucy barbecued ribs, Cajun catfish or a juicy burger.