2016 Bota Box Sauvignon Blanc (3L), Chile
Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei
Box wine – aka bag-in-a-box, cardbordeaux, chateauneuf du box, goon (if in Australia). Whatever you call it, the bad rap is totally unfounded (but you knew that already, right?).
Basically, the bag-in-the-box is the most reliable and economical way to preserve the integrity of wine from transport, to storage, to service. And, as the market for “premium” boxed wines grows, Bota Box is one of the top-rated products on the market.
So, I had to give it a taste.
I, like the majority of city dwellers, live alone. I also believe in being as environmentally conscious as a city-dweller can be. Let’s add that I am quite fond of having a glass of wine at the end of a long day (with a delicious healthy meal!). I am on a tight budget, and hate to waste good wine. Hence, my long-held esteem for the bag in the box.
The great news – with Bota Box (and a few others) those bags are now BPA-free plastic, and 100% recyclable, as are the boxes. A 3-liter box contains the equivalent of four 750-ml bottles, and it weighs significantly less. The box takes up much less space in my too-full refrigerator, and it keeps my daily pour fresh (no damage from light or air) for at least a month.
But, more importantly, how does it taste?
About this wine
At first approach, aromas of ripe pear and melon were accompanied by the fresh pungent green of chopped cilantro. These faded to basic, but pleasant, aromas of zesty citrus. On the palate, there is more body than I expected–full and round juiciness, with flavors of astringent grapefruit, ripe honeydew melon, and a touch of minerality.
I recommend you pour small amounts of this white wine on tap directly from the fridge so it stays cold in your glass – this wine is most enjoyable ice cold. Once it warms it loses some of its liveliness, but remains enjoyable.
Though perfectly good on its own, this wine is a good match for hummus and veggies, falafel sandwiches, grilled chicken fajitas, and similar fare.
I’d rate this white wine on tap as a $8-$9/bottle wine. For approximately $25 for 3-liters (the equivalent of 4 bottles), it’s like buying three and getting one free – a great deal. Bota Box also makes four other whites, eight reds (varietal and blends), and a dry rosé. I’ve heard good things about the Riesling, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Merlot, though I’ve not tried them personally. The rest are not as highly recommended.
My new mission… to taste things I’ve never tasted before – either because I’m a snob, I can’t afford it, or it’s just a little too weird. I’ll let you know what I thought, and then you can decide for yourself if you will make the splurge, or take the leap into the strange but potentially delicious unknown!
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