Maker: Black Box Wines, Madera, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 3-liter box
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Black Box Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 is packaged in a (surprise) black box with a mercifully drip-free push-button spigot. It claims to be the “first world-class wine available in a box in the U.S.” It actually IS a nice wine… Light, ripe berry notes and a hint of mocha greet the nose. This medium-bodied wine has a nice tannin structure that adds balance and complexity to the predominant berry and black cherry notes. These flavors continue into a pleasing finish. Don’t expect a lot of oak or spice, but if you like a fruit-forward wine that manages to avoid being overly simple, the Black Box cabernet is a good choice. Its strong fruit character will appeal to your guests who aren’t world-class wine tasters, but even your picky friends will enjoy the structured complexity this cab offers.
The Black Box website points out that the 2003 version of this cab was awarded “Best Buy” status by Wine Spectator. The box quotes Ryan Sproule, Vintner:
While in Europe, I was suprised at the popularity of boxed wine. Turns out that Europeans, who typically drink quality wine, have been drinking high end boxed wine for years. They’ve forgone the expensive bottle for what counts most: Fine wine at a superior value. I thought Americans deserve the same. So I created Black Box Wines for you – the enthusiast who enjoys wine on a regular basis.”
A noble sentiment indeed, and one that we wish would be echoed by other makers of quality American wines.