Your Wednesday wine: Vin Vault Cabernet Sauvignon

Vin Vault box wines are the equivalent of four standard bottles. (Image courtesy of E.&.J. Gallo.

Vin Vault box wines are the equivalent of four standard bottles. (Image courtesy of E. and J. Gallo)

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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