Round four of “Battle of the Boxes”. If ever a box wine will ‘hold you captive‘ Big House Red will!
Winemaker Georgetta Dane who playfully refers to herself as ‘Warden’ produces a variety of wines a stones throw from the state penitentiary in Soledad, California known as ‘The Big House’. The playful use of prison jargon is used throughout; a visit to their website will show you just how playful they can get, but they are very serious about their wines.
The Big House Red is a fruity, not sweet, red blend of a myriad of grapes, check the line up below. The Grenache and Syrah are the most forward of the flavors, but they don’t crowd out the others. The wine is ‘very-berry‘ on the nose, with aromas of dark berries being prominent; followed by cranberry and cherry flavors with a finish of vanilla. To test the crowd pleasing appeal of this wine, I rounded up my usual suspects and got the ‘thumbs up’ from all even from the self-declared ‘white wine only’ lovers. Pair this wine with your summer barbecues and don’t hesitate to serve it slightly chilled with your next crab feast!
Grape Line Up19% Grenache 17% Syrah 16% Tempranillo 14% Petite Verdot 6% Mourvèdre 4% Sagrantino 3% Each | Malbec | Sangiovese | Merlot | Touriga 2% Negro Amaro 1% Each | Teraldego | Petite Sirah | Tannat 5% Variety of other Esoteric Reds
Second Sip ~ 1 week later
This box barely lasted one full week. I ‘crowd tested‘ this with a group of 20-something’s and they left me with just enough to do my ’1 week later’ test. The wine stayed true to form, and no residual plastic taste at all. Please drink with in six weeks of opening the spigot, all boxed wines will start going down hill at that point.
Winner of Round 4 ~ Big House Red 2011 Why? If ever there was a crowd pleasing wine and with 3 liters there is certainly enough of it to go around, this is the quintessential picnic wine!
Are you still fighting the box? If so, I’ll be back with more, but in the meantime, I want to know which boxed wines knocked you out.