Saturday, November 11, 2006

Gravel Mine Pinot Noir 3 Liter Box

Another Washington State Pinot Noir addition to the list of bag-in-box wines:

Gravel Mine Pinot Noir
From English Estate Winery
US, Washington, Clark County
3 liter box, vintage dated (also available in bottle)
About $87

3L BIBB 2002 Gravel Mine Pinot Noir. A clean, fresh wine with great tannin that balances the underlying cherry, strawberry and rosey character. This wine displays the characteristics we expect from our Gravel Mine Vineyards, but it also reflects the extremely long, 5 month, drought we experienced in the summer of 2002, stressing the vines and concentrating the flavors.

3L BIBB 2002 Gravel Mine Pinot Noir

Thanksgiving Is Pinot Noir Season

With Thanksgiving approaching, Pinot Noir is on my mind. For me, it has always been the perfect classic choice to complement the traditional American Thanksgiving feast. And with a good sized crowd gathering, I think a box (or two or three) is just the answer. Red boxed wine is not just about Cab, Merlot, and Burgundy. There is actually very fine Pinot Noir in a 3 liter cask (some of it even way to "fine" for my limited budget) from English Estate Winery (Washington). Not too easy to find, but available by internet order. If I don't get around to ordering a box of Pinot Noir, I can always fall back on a Syrah. There are now a number of premium 3 liter Shiraz boxed wines with broad availability around the country. Brands that come to mind are Black Box, Delicato, Wine Cube, Hardy's Stamp, Fish Eye, Corbett Canyon, and Banrock Station.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will concentrate on adding some more of these wines to my big list of boxed wines (well, it's not exactly big yet, but it keeps growing).

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