Sunday, November 05, 2006

'Tis the Season for Cabernet Sauvignon (in a Box)

W. Blake Gray, wine writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently tasted 45 budget Cabernets, and reviewed several of them in Friday's edition of the Chronicle. In Cool Weather Means Cabernet Sauvignon Season Is Here, Gray included the 2004 Black Box Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon from Black Box Wines among his 10 selections from the field of 45.

For great packaging, it's hard to beat the 2004 Black Box Wines Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($18 for 3 liters). Not only is the eponymous black box sleek and attractive, it contains a collapsible plastic bag that keeps the wine fresh for up to four weeks -- a great thing for people who only want to have one glass per night. Because the box holds the equivalent of four standard 750-ml bottles, this is the cheapest wine by the ounce on this list. Yet this is not a pick solely on style or price: It's a food-friendly Cab with flavors of blackberry and black plum that stands on its own merits.

Cool weather means Cabernet Sauvignon season is here

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