Uncorked #5: Big Green Box Cabernet

Uncorked #5: Big Green Box Cabernet

Welcome to Uncorked! Where I feature a wine that I’ve tried and let you know my thoughts on it. There is a little disclaimer: I am by far no wine expert –I am just going to tell my thoughts on a wine. Some wine snobs out there might turn their nose up at my opinion and that’s fine with me! Wine is meant to be savored and enjoyed!

I might throw out some wine terms here and there and if I do, I will make sure that I give you the definition and try to explain them to the best of my abilities. My goal is to share some tasty wine picks with the world and hopefully encourage some of you out there to try a new wine. No bottle shall be discriminated against, price is no matter (with in reason), and this is just going to be all about exploring the world of wine.

This week’s wine is:

Pepperwood Grove Big Green Box Cabernet Sauvignon

Description: Inviting red fruit aroma, with black currants, Italian espresso, and bittersweet chocolate flavors

Price: around $21 per box
Region: Chile

I know what you are thinking…box wine?!?!..this is Uncorked! Well, I don’t know if you have tried boxed wine lately but there are so many different kinds out there that can really give their bottled counterparts a run for their money…quite literally! This particular box is my “go to” wine that I love to keep around the house. Don’t let the box fool you, this is a great wine that does some great things. The company boasts how the box is “green” because it’s made from 100% recycled product, uses less energy because glass bottle production isn’t required, its light-weight and compact so less transpiration cost, and the packaging is printed on paper from a sustainable forest. That stuff is all nice, but really how does the wine taste?? Well, it’s a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah grapes, so it’s not a true Cabernet Sauvignon*. The wine is medium bodied and well-balanced*. It opens with the flavor of oak, raspberries, and cherries and finishes dry with a little lingering flavor.

Would I buy it again? Um, yes! This is my go to wine daily wine. I am actually drinking this wine as I write this post! For those of you out there who turn your nose up at box wine, I really suggest trying this one. Just pour it out of the box and put it in a decanter and I swear no one will know otherwise. It’s a great drinking wine and the perfect accompaniment for a piece of dark chocolate, a nice books, and a relaxing way to end your evening.

*Cabernet Sauvignon– Originally this type of wine was derived from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet grapes.
*Well-balanced– Wines whose components – acid, alcohol, tannin and residual sugar – relate in a balanced way, so none overwhelm the others.