Maker: Universal Wine Network
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 3 liter box
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
We were excited to find this new addition to our wine shop shelf. It’s not your typical bland box – the Killer Juice package is black with a flame logo, and it proclaims, “Wine with a Lust for Life”. Bill letters on the side advertise, “Punched Berry”, “Smoky Oak”, and “Black Cherry”. The legend explains that “killer juice” is winemaker slang for a wine they really like. With this buildup, we were ready for a spectacular experience. The wine is actually good, but I’ll leave the question of whether it is indeed “killer juice” to others. I found it to be medium bodied, with a mild spicy aroma and a flavor that’s a nice balance of berry and oak. A bit of acid in the finish adds some interest. Overall, it’s a wine that won’t offend anyone, and it might be a good choice for a barbeque or informal party where you’ll find the four bottle capacity of the box handy.
One minor complaint is the spigot, which is similar to some of the cheap American box wines – it tends to dribble out a drop or two after you have completed pouring. Not a huge deal, but there are better solutions on the market. This wine is from the Central Coast of California. We tried to check out Universal Wine Network, but the only web site we could find (uwnetwork.com) returned an error.