Maker: Trove Wines, Madera, California
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 3-liter box
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
At least on US shelves, Trove Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 is likely to be one of the pricier box wines on the shelf. We saw it listed for $25 for a 3-liter box, but found it on sale for $20. At its list price, it’s hardly a costly wine – a bit more than $8 per bottle – but it’s far more costly than the cheap 5-liter wines from Franzia, Almaden, and Vella… and it’s a bit higher than most of the other boxes, like Hardy’s, Wine Block, Wine Cube, etc.
So is the Trove boxed cabernet worth shelling out a few extra bucks for? Perhaps… this cab has an intriguing aroma, with a prominent butterscotch note mixing with the more expected spice and berry. The flavor is rich and complex, with jammy berry flavors, soft tannins, and good acidity. The finish lingers. This is indeed a nice wine, and people who have turned their nose up at boxed wine in the past will be pleasantly surprised, if not actually shocked.
The box, by the way, is a basic rectancgle, occupying a bit more real estate than a conventional bottle. The dispenser is a push-button that shows no signs of unwanted dribbling. Push-button wine spigots are our favorite – they allow easy one-handed operation and seem to be free of annoying post-pour dribbles.
According to Trove marketing director Diana Pawlik, “Trove wines are rich, stylish and alluring. Their unmistakable premium quality will challenge the outmoded notion that 3-liter box wines can’t be ‘cool.’ Premium wine consumers will be delighted to discover the tremendous convenience offered by Trove’s innovative package, which preserves the high quality of its wines for up to a month after opening.” Visit their website (annoyingly Flash-heavy) at trove-wines.com.
Whether you are hosting a party where you want the convenience of a box, or are a glass-of-red-wine per day drinker, Trove Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 won’t disappoint.