Basic info: Setteanime Merlot, Marca Trevigiana IGT, Italy – No vintage
Price estimate: $21 (local wine store)
Look: Dark red and opaque
Smell: Wine. (Honestly, I could not distinguish a specific aroma here)
Taste: Little effervescence on the first sip. Lots of dark fruit – some grape and plum notes. Light minerality, especially on the finish. Medium finish.
Conclusions: This is a good drinking wine. It isn’t one that is super memorable, but the wine is smooth, clean and balanced. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to enjoy, which is pretty much a great weeknight wine.
Other notes: When we talked with the rep for this winery at our local wine store, he mentioned that they don’t do specific vintages because the wine is crafted to drink young – within the year it is released. I’m still not certain why that would negate having a vintage on the bottle, but I’m sure it has to do with flexibility for blending or something like that. We’ve had the sparkling wines from this producer before and I love those.
From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from the wine store notes, “Ruby red with hints of garnet this wine has a wonderful bouquet of blackberry and black current. It is elegant yet velvety smooth with notes of natural softness. On the palate it has a youthful taste of fruit in bloom.” 12.5% alcohol by volume.