Box Star Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Box StarPrice: $14
Maker: Imported by International Cellars, Madera, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 3 liter box, push-button spigot
Alcohol: 13%
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

Box Star Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is a relatively new mass-market offering, and it’s not bad. This Cab has a licorice and berry nose, and a flavor with cherries, chocolate, and a bit of clove. The finish has some oak and soft tannins. Don’t expect a lot of complexity, but it’s certainly drinkable.

This boxed wine fared reasonably well in a blind tasting organized by the Austin Chronicle. We couldn’t learn much about the Box Star brand, other than the fact that its wines are from Australia. There’s no website listed, which in our opinion is a strategic error. People want to know more about the wines they buy, and in particular about a box wine they’ll be living with for the better part of a month (if they are moderate drinkers and don’t have any parties planned).

8 thoughts on “Box Star Cabernet Sauvignon 2006”

  1. Nice blog. I could not find where I could purchase (retail, online..) the boxed wines that are presented here.
    Did I miss it or maybe there is no such info?

  2. Boxed wines are probably best puchased in your local area, since mail order availability seems to be limited. Most of the boxed wines I write about are available at one or more chain supermarkets that have fairly extensive wine selections. Oddly, in our market some of the better wine shops carry only the worst 5-liter boxes and haven’t stocked the higher quality 3-liter product.

    Some of the box wine producers have websites that list either distributors or retailers. For Box Star, unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Good luck!

  3. Neither International Cellars nor whatever winery in Southeast Australia that produced that wine in bulk want you to know where it came from. It was probably a major winery that had leftover stock they couldn’t sell under their own labels (high, medium or low labels), so they dumped it at a very cheap price to get rid of it. Grocery Outlet carries alot of this stuff and if you do your homework online or with the ATF people you can probably trace its origins, but why bother? Just enjoy it. It’s not going to last. The way the droughts are effecting Australia they won’t be producing wines for much longer. Period.

  4. I drink copious amounts of wine daily, and have had a number of excellent box wines (e.g., “Bota Box Chardonnay”….superb).

    But this “Box Star 2007 Chardonnay” is spoiled undrinkable swill. Worse, there’s no way to reach them OR “International Cellars, Madera, California.” I lost my receipt, and can’t return it. Plus, it’s LEAKING all over.

    I’ll eventually find and torture the criminal bastards who make and distribute this poison.

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