Over the weekend I took my family to the Berkshires for a skiing and snowboarding trip to celebrate my son’s birthday. Having only brought a half-bottle of wine that I didn’t want to waste, we visited the country store nearby to re-stock. They had a nice selection of wines and beers, but I saw one there that I had been curious to try and read good reviews of. They have won over 21 gold medals from Wine Enthusiast, and have also been rated a best buy 17 times. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Black Box Vineyards, was friendly on the Earth and the wallet. I got 3 modest glasses of wine out of it, but I guess that all depends on how big a glass you have… I like Cabernet in a nice big glass – it seems the right way to do it. I purchased the smaller size (500 ml) which breaks down to 3 5.6 oz. servings.
I didn’t exactly decant it or let it breathe too long, so all the aroma I got was from the glass. While it didn’t pop out at me it had a smooth, pleasant black fruit nose and the wine went down very smoothly. It paired perfectly with brie, triscuits and grilled sausage. It had a nice medium body and finish and while its acidity was indicative of a young Cab, I didn’t find it overpowering. And lets be honest here, we’re not buying this wine in a box to age it! Completely satisfying and as easy to store as to pour, I see why they are winning fans as well as medals. Though I still love the romance of pouring and storing traditional wine bottles, this one I can take on a camping trip or a picnic with no worry.
Check out their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon online or in your local shop: