Maker: Wine Block
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 1.5 liter box
Our Rating: 9 out of 10
One’s immediate thought on viewing the packaging for Wine Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 is that the small box couldn’t possibly hold two bottles of wine. The box has a footprint less than 5″ square, and stands less than six inches tall. The base of a champagne bottle would take up as much shelf space, but through the miracle of cubic efficiency the Wine Block boxes hold a full 1.5 liters. The packaging is rather rather generic in appearance, but still has a bit of style.
One’s next impression (after pouring a glass) is that this is amazingly good wine. Its fruity, spicy aroma practically bursts from the glass. The wine is full-bodied and fruit-forward, with blackberry and cherry flavors mixed with light tannins, spice, and oak for pleasing complexity.
Despite the surprising capacity of the tiny cube, it was empty all too fast. It’s tempting to run out and pick up a few more cabs, but for the sake of our Box Wines fans, we’ll have to try the other varieties.
Wine Block is a product of Kendall Jackson with its own website. They call their products “blockbuster wines”, and in the case of the cab, they aren’t exaggerating.