Red Electra – Quady Winery (Madera, California)

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  • My Rating: C+

Red Electra 2007 – Quady Winery, 5.5% ABV, 750ml, (Madera, California, USA)

from the Quady website:

“Red Electra – For several years, some of our avid Electra fans have been asking for a red version of Electra. In the year 2000 we had fun making a small batch. The reception was so overwhelming, it flew out the doors. The wine even received a double gold medal at the San Francisco Fair. It has continued to take flight and win medals every year since.

On the label of Red Electra there is an angel soaring in a red dress and it is after dark. She could be going to a party. There is something exciting about an angel wearing a red dress going to a party after dark. This will be a very good party.

Red Electra is a yummy wine with only 5% alcohol, a pretty red color, a grapy sweet taste, and a tangy, spritzy mouth feel. It’s a good wine for angels to drink when they party.

We don’t advise drinking Red Electra before noon. Red Electra has attitude. Red Electra will change your attitude. If you take Red Electra to a party, it will change everybody’s attitude.

GOLD MEDAL:
2008 World Wine Championships – 92

Silver Medal:
San Diego National Wine Competition

Special Award:
Beverage Testing Institute- 91 pts”

  • Style: (sweet, low ABV) Dessert Wine
  • Taste Profile: tingly-electric sweet mouthfeel -> red grape/raspberry/muscat -> cloying sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot (??)
  • How much: ~$20 – 750ml, sometime in 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: more for casual drinkers

Visual: The name “Electra”, comes from the sensation of tingly-shock you feel when you drink this particular wine, according to their website. Also on the back label is a nutritional fact box, which is a first that I’ve seen on ANY bottle of liquor. Pours ruby red with extremely SUBTLE slow bubbles, and some tiny bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

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Nose: a blend of raspberry, cherry, and red grape. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sweet-tingly (electric-as advertised) mouthfeel, dense sugars

Mid-palate: (8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red grape, raspberries, muscat juiciness (MILD) raisin, cherry

Finish: light alcohol detection, medium-high cloying, sticky fruity sugary finish.

Summary: A pretty straight-forward and enjoyable sweet dessert wine that won’t break the bank. Clean flavours overall but the sweetness becomes overbearing and cloying the more you drink it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)