Thursday, January 10, 2013

Week 2: Bota Box Old Vine Zinfandel

            This week I decided to try one of the new crazes in wine; stylized boxed wines. Now, I know when you think boxed wine your brain directly references either a retirement home or possibly a trailer park, but times they are a changing for boxed wine.  Bota Box Old VineZinfandel, which I purchased at the Total Wine in Northridge (CA) for the price of $4.49, is not marketed as an inexpensive or value wine but rather an ecologically friendly way to consume a cocktail while out and about.  The “box” of Zin I purchased is especially practical for a picnic or hike because it is the smaller size box, it only contains about three poured glasses, or in reality two good poured glasses between my hubby and myself.

            The Bota Box Zinfandel’s color is that of a deep burgundy center with a brilliant ruby red on the edges and smells pleasantly of ripe red grapes.  The initial taste of the Bota Zinfandel offers a mildly sweet cherry flavor and as you let the wine expand you will notice a smoky finish. I did notice a quite bit of acidity in the finish of the Bota Zinfandel that can trigger an annoying bout of heartburn when I hit the sheets, so personally I would not choose this particular Bota Box wine for an evening glass of wine.
            As I warned last week, I can get a little hippy-dippy when it comes to favoring products that make an effort towards sustainability, and Bota Box most definitely falls into this category.  The California winery’s boxes are made from recycled paper and uses green manufacturing processes, purchasing the Bota Box brand wines helps you reduce your carbon foot print, all while giving you a nice wine buzz.
            Here is my final thoughts about the Bota Box Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, the flavor is enjoyable but, as I found with Zinfandels in the past, the taste may not be for the fain of heart when it comes to their preference in wines.  Also, the acidity may cause indigestion in some, and I don’t want my perfect pork roast to be assumed the culprit for that discomfort in my husband or a dinner guest.  I will make a note to give the Bota Box another try in the future, but either a Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, in order to give the winery a fair chance.

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