Voga Quattro 2005

Voga Pinot GrigioPrice: $9
Maker: Voga I.C.R.F, Calmasino, Italy
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinot Noir blend
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
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.

4 thoughts on “Voga Quattro 2005”

  1. Just had this wine last night for New Year’s Eve. It is absolutely wonderful. Very smooth. The blend of different variations is perfect. Highly recommend it…..

  2. For the past few weeks, all of my friends and guests agree with me that it’s a great bottle of wine. A true steal at it’s price. Blows away all the competition at that price range. Every chance I get, I buy a case and put it away. And this is coming from someone who makes wine and also loves the Super Tuscan Italian wines. Forza Italia! And kudoos to the Sicilians very impressive.

  3. For $10.49/btl, this is one of the more complex wines I’ve tasted. The Pinot Noir really gives an elegant finish!

  4. Reminds me too much of a bottle of perfume. I always thought that the greater stress placed on the look and appeal of the bottle, the less the focus on the wine itself. So yea they caught me with the fancy dancy bottle but not with the wine.:)

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