The 2012 Dancing Flame Cabernet Sauvignon is a $4.99 ALDI import exclusive, sourced from vineyards in the Central Valley of Chile. This Cabernet is produced by Vina Luis Felipe Edwards, a family owned winery in business since 1976 and this wine is exported to 60 different countries. The Dancing Flame was aged in oak for 3 months and has an alcohol content of 13%. This is not a bottle of wine that looks like a 5 buck wine, they did a good job on the outside of the bottle, now lets see how they did on the inside.
The color is a dark black cherry red with an almost clear halo. The nose is a mix of ripe cherry and fruit roll-ups, a grassy scent, a little chocolate, chewing gum mint and vanilla coffee creamer. It tastes of blackberry, oak spice and raspberry. This is not a complex Cabernet, what you get upfront is basically all there is, the mid palate does show a subdued slap from the tannins and a touch of smooth vanilla. The acidity is mild, the tannins do provide some structure and the finish is mild if somewhat short.
The 2012 Dancing Flame is an acceptable drink if you are on a strict budget, but if you have the money, a few more dollars will get you a fuller bodied, tastier Cab. For $4.99, it actually is way better than you would expect a five buck wine to be 3 or 4 years ago, it is just that today there are some fairly decent sub $10 Cabernet Sauvignon on the shelves. If you only have 6 bucks in your pocket and you don’t want to hit an ATM, the Dancing Flame will get the job done, but if you have $10 in your wallet, try something else.