GALLO has hopped into the premium box wine category with its Vin Vault selections — Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Red Blend. They are smooth, approachable wines with forward fruit flavors. The suggested retail price is $19.99. Don’t shy away from this kind of value: It’s easy to set up the spigot on the front of the box and the benefits are many: a box is the equivalent of four standard bottles; the value is easy to figure — five bucks a bottle; the box is portable with a notch in the top to grab; packaging is sustainable; and there is no risk of cork taint. Note: These wines are not vintage dated, but you can check when they left were packaged — printed by the spigot on the box of Cabernet Sauvignon I tasted are the words: “Boxed on 12-08-15.” Once opened, they will stay fresh for a month.
Vin Vault Cabernet Sauvignon California, $19.99: This is a terrific wine with food — it’s packed with dark fruit flavors with a touch of spice; texture is smooth and oak is well-infused. It’s an accessible wine that invites you to take another sip. It has a touch of Petite Sirah for added color and complexity.
Vin Vault Chardonnay California, $19.99: The Chardonnay also has Viognier and Gewurztraminer blended in. It’s a nice touch that adds some floral and spice tones to the apple/pear character of the Chardonnay.
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