Wine Cube Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Cube (Target Brand)

Sauvignon Blanc

2011

(St. Helena, Napa County, California)

On Box/Website:

* dazzlingly sophisticated, but completely down to earth

* tropical aromas, bright citrus and melon flavors

* crisp, refreshing finish

* vented and bottled by Trinchero Family Estates

* offers delicious, high quality wine with color, aromas and flavors providing fresh, full-bodied tastes

* guarantee the last glass will be as fresh as the first

* one cube equals two bottles

* fresh for up to four weeks

*13% alcohol

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, low concentration, no rim variation, low viscosity

Nose: clean, low intensity, youthful, lemon, citrus, asparagus, grass

Palate: light, medium bodied, confirms nose, mild flavor, medium alcohol, medium minus acidity, short finish, low complexity

For a boxed wine, this Sauvignon Blanc delivered to my decidedly low expectations.  The wine established a very light, mellow flavor.  Non-aggressive and simple on the palate, this would be a decent wine to pack for a picnic or day on the beach.  Ease of transport and no glass are the selling features for this wine.  Although, in all honesty, this wine was more pleasing than many bottled wines I have tasted.

Boxed Wine

I used to have a rather negative impression of the concept of boxed wine.  The thought always conjured up an image of the big white Franzia box of blush wine sitting in my aunt’s fridge, which did not necessarily scream sophistication to me.  But recently I have revisited the idea of boxed wine and been pleasantly surprised.

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Last summer I took the leap and bought a small tetra box of Bota Box Pinot Grigio.  The purchase began simply as a matter of convenience.  I was going on a picnic and this small box of wine required no corkscrew and provided the perfect amount of wine for myself for lunch.  I was delightfully surprised to find that the Pinot Grigio in the box was worthwhile.  Perfect for a light lunch outside in the summer.

About the same time, I was noticing advertisements on television for Black Box Wine.  The packaging looked elegant for a boxed wine, it had recently won a few awards and I liked the fact that they showcased the environmental factor of boxed wine. I decided to give their Cabernet Sauvignon a try.  There was nothing offensive about it at all.  It was actually better than some bottled Cabernet Sauvignon that I have tasted.

I have not had a boxed wine since last summer when I tried those two brands.  It’s not that I have anything against boxed wine anymore when the right occasion presents itself, I simply never think about purchasing them.  I recently read an article on Real Simple about the best boxed wines and I decided that I am going to give them a shot again this summer, when the convenience factor goes up.  I look forward to trying a few on their list and determining if I still enjoy them as much as I did last year, after acquiring more knowledge about wine in general within the past year.