I mentioned one of these on Facebook a week or so ago, and now I’ve found another… That’s two boxed wines that I think are actually pretty good. (And I’ll say it again, there’s just something pleasing about the wine rushing out of the spigot…)
Both are reds, packed in that octagonal-box that seems to be gaining popularity. One is from Spain (and is non-vintage!), the other from California. Here’s the scoop:
Bodegas Osborne NV Red Wine Spain Seven ($22, 3L Octavin). A nice little surprise, with medium-bodied smooth berry fruit and light accents of toast, spice and mineral. Totally drinkable — takes me back to my carafe-of-house-red days around Italy. Totally drinkable with an assortment of small bites, like grilled chicken sausages, Valdeon cheese, marcona almonds and the like. A blend of seven varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Merlot (25%), Syrah (18%), Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Grenache and Graciano. Ready to drink now.
Monthaven 2008 Merlot Central Coast ($24, 3L Octavin). Smooth, appealing red berry, cherry and blueberry flavors are lush and ripe without tipping into cloying, cough-syrupy or tinny — nicely done. A light spice note lingers on the finish. Not especially complex, but certainly drinkable. Ready to drink now.