Belaire Creek Cabernet Sauvingon 2002

Price: $17
Maker: Belaire Creek Cellars
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 3-liter box
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

This wine may be a bit hard to find – even its nominal maker, Belaire Creek Cellars, may be a bit hard to track down. If you stumble across a box of Belaire Creek Cabernet Sauvingon 2002 in your supermarket, though, give it a try. It’s a bit more expensive than cheaper boxes like the Almaden Cab, but you’ll notice a subsantial improvement in flavor for the modest premium. Its mild aroma is spicy with a hint of berry. Its flavor is a balance of cherry, spice, tannins, and oak. These flavors continue into a lengthy finish, with the tannins and oak winning at the end.

This Belaire Creek cabernet is at least the equal of many lower-cost bottled cabs, and offers the attractive combination of a lower price per glass and the preservative effects of the collapsing bag. I’d pair it with steak or other grilled meat, but regular cab drinkers will find it serves a broad range of foods.

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