“Now this is a pleasant and crowd-pleasing Chilean red” was my initial assessment of the 2007 Calcu Red Blend. However, if you step away from your glass and give it a little time to breathe, this well designed wine will have the bonus time it needs to slowly reveal a different side to it.
The 2007 Calcu Red Blend consists of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenere, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot and is aged 8 months in French oak barrels. This wine dazzles upfront with delicate, but tart, red berry flavors and really finds its stride at the halfway point while approaching the finish line.
3 Stars out 4 for the 2007 Calcu Red Blend from Chile’s Colchagua Valley. The word Calcu means “healing doctor” or “magician” in the local Mapuche language. Brew this magic potion for at least 15 -20 minutes in your glass and have plenty of cured or smoked meats on hand to snack on – then let the magic show begin!
(Sample, $12 MSRP)