Maker: Voga I.C.R.F, Calmasino, Italy
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinot Noir blend
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
The packaging of Voga Quattro 2005 stands out. The Voga bottle is cylindrical, looking a bit like an oversize tube of lipstick. There is a large plastic cap that covers the neck, and a large vertical logo is imprinted on the bottle. The cork itself is artificial and jet black in color. In the typical confusing array of wine bottles on the store shelf, the Voga bottles look like no other brands.
Voga Quattro strikes one as being more from California than its true origin, Sicily. It’s a Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinot Noir blend, and its aroma is all about ripe berries, with hints of vanilla and pepper. The flavor is definitely fruity, with juicy cherry and raspberry notes leading into a moderately peppery finish. We wouldn’t call the wine sweet, but it’s definitely not the dry, European red one might expect. This isn’t the most complex red wine you’ll taste, but we liked it for its fruit forward honesty and spicy finish.