Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **+ $ Bota Box Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009 and 2011

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  California wine in a box.  Not much more to say I suppose.  I tried a few boxed wines in recent months, and did find some of the varietals promising (eg, The Big Green Box).  Here we have a California cabernet sauvignon done in a different type of (smaller) box.  Gotta watch the hype on these kind of things.  Consider this from the Bota Box label: "Our new 500ml package has a smaller carbon footprint than a 750ml bottle."  Darn right it does - and should!  After all, a 750 ml bottle has 50% MORE WINE IN IT than this 500ml box!!  Marketing hype aside, I'm "taking one for the team" with this "practically free" cabernet.  Let's see...

Original tasting and review : This is Bota Box Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol, an alcohol level I've come to associate with wines being made in quantity designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes. 

In the glass: Bota Box Cab shows as deep maroon.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature, shows a slightly candied black cherry aroma.   From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and slick.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact round and full in the mid-palate, with brighter black cherry flavors than anticipated.  Little follow-on from either acids or tannins on the palate.  Finish is brief, but exceedingly clean.  Think wine-pop.  Little attitude, but pleasant enough to sip.  The black cherry flavors are perfectly fun.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Earns a plus for its very-easy-to-sip nature. 

Updated review, over a year later, October, 2012, with a fresh 3 liter box from 2011 vintage:  Light to medium red in the glass.  Sweet candy apple and red cherry on the nose.  Still "wine-pop", but for this vintage carries less black cherry flavor.  More red raspberry.  Comparable scoring.  

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