Is it possible to get a box wine that actually tastes as good as a wine that comes from a bottle?
After two lackluster experiences last year with Casarsa Pinot Grigio/Blanc Blend and Killer Juice Cabernet Sauvignon, I was asking myself that very question. It sure seemed to me the stigma that box wines are cheap and of lesser quality than traditional bottled wine was holding as true today as it has in the past.
Believe you me – I wanna show some love for the box for lots of reasons:
1.) It’s supposed to stay fresh for up to 4 weeks after opening.
2.) The cool little tap is pretty nifty and very convenient.
3.) The eco-friendly component: It’s recyclable, takes far less energy to produce and transport, reducing the carbon footprint by 50% versus glass bottles.
But in the end, if this bag and cardboard alternative to bottled wine doesn’t taste as good, does it really matter?
I was curious to take another stab at this box wine thing after a wine buddy of mine, who is accustomed to spending $20 per 750ml, became a loyal imbiber of this box. I was even more curious after learning that this box wine was a two-time blind tasting finalist in, “The Wine Trials 2010“. Ok then – Bring on the Black Box!
The Verdict: The 2008 Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon is by far the best tasting box wine that I’ve ever tried. For what works out to be about $5 per 750ml of juice, you’re getting a fairly decent dose of red berry and peppery flavors that’ll make you think that you’re drinking a more expensive bottled California Cab. It’s a good, all-purpose, inexpensive red that most wine drinkers will enjoy – especially those that still think that good wine and cardboard box are not to be mentioned together in the same sentence. Go out and try it for yourself – you just might get turned onto a box wine like I did!
Finally, I must mention that this box was a generous sample given to me by the Holden Family the day before my family and I were trapped in our house for 2 days after a blizzard dumped two feet of snow. My sanity remaining in check during this time was due in large part to this glorious box of wine. Holdens – Many thanks for your contribution towards our survival of the Blizzard of 2010!
WineLife365 Rating: 3-Stars
Price: $19.99 (Box = 4 750ml bottles!)