I know, boxed wine…you pass right by it in the aisle because it can’t be any good, right? I have to say, I’ve found many of them, including this Black Box Cabernet from Costco, to be alright, provided you understand what you’re buying and why you’re buying it.
These reasons are either: a) you drink a crapload of wine and want to/need to save a buck, b) you are an environmentalist and love how the packaging has an carbon footprint that is 85% less than that of four standard bottles of wine, or c) you just want to have a glass or two occasionally with dinner and don’t want to always have to open an entire bottle. I fall a little into all three buckets so boxed wine like this is perfect for me. In all seriousness, Costco sells this Black Box Cab for $15.99 and that’s a nice bargain compared to prices you will find at other wine shops where it is generally around $20. Obviously at $16 at Costco for four bottles, that’s only $4 a bottle, which is pretty cheap, even for you Trader Joes fanatics.
OK, so what about the wine inside? Well, it’s not bad, in my opinion. I’ve bought Black Box Cabs before (like this one I reviewed a while back from California) and remember them tasting a bit better although maybe a touch less interesting. This one from Chile at least piques my interest because it was a little different than I expected. It’s super fruity, dark fruit mostly, really fresh and vibrant (it is a 2014 which seems like, and in this case tastes like, last week), very uneventful after the initial blast of fruit; not much of a finish to really speak of as it dies out pretty quick. Tastes very young, and that’s not going to change in the box.
But I have to say, and back to my points above, if you’re looking for C (to just pour a single glass with dinner, which many of us might enjoy), this is an incredibly economical way to do it. The wine lasts for a month or so. Every glass tastes the same. You don’t need to store in the fridge so it won’t be cold. At $4 a bottle, it’s it least worth a look.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 85 points (this is a really hard wine to rate, but if I tasted it out of a bottle I’d probably go low-mid 80’s. For the extra value that it offers, I’ll call it an 85 which I think is fair , all things considered).
Costco item number: 938535