Bota Box Malbec

californian wine  %tages Bota Box MalbecLast nighttime we reviewed a boxed wine, so let’s crack into another box tonight.  This one is produced by Bota Box, a brand that I’ve never reviewed on this site previous to.  But, I have given their ancient vine zinfandel kudos in my column in Mutineer Magazine in the past.
There’s nothing too fancy about the Bota Box packaging, it’s a basic bag-in-box package.  But I did notice that when opening this box, it was much simpler than most boxed wines.  If you’ve ever opened a boxed wine, you’re probably familiar with the perforated section of cardboard that you need to open to get the spigot out.  Well, on most boxed wines, it’s nearly impossible to tear that section by hand, so you end up getting a knife and hoping that you don’t puncture the bag — or puncture yourself!  But that wasn’t an issue at all with Bota Box.
The box itself is made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper, but http://1000-facts-about-wine.com that’s not all there is for you tree huggers to get excited about.  The packaging weighs much less than bottles, which means less fuel is used in shipping it.  If you’re looking for a wine with a low carbon footprint, this may be your pick.
OK, enough rambling about the packaging and let’s get to the juice.  After all, who wants to buy a wine just for the box?  Although I do know many people who’ve bought wine just because of the cool bottle it came in (points at self in embarrassment).

One thing I didn’t notice until I took a second look at the mark is that this wine is from Lodi, California.  That’s right folks, California has seen the success Argentina has had with malbec and they want a cut of that action.  The last time I was out in California wine country I came across several vineyards that were experimenting with malbec and this is just one example.
This malbec is a dark red affect, bordering on http://1000-facts-about-wine.com purple but it’s not as purple as many Argentine malbecs I’ve tasted.  Deep mocha and blackberry aromas erupt from the nose of this wine, with additional layers of blueberry and spice.  The palate is super-fruity — perhaps too fruit forward for some consumers but it’s excellent if you like that style.  Plum and blackberry flavors hit the front of the palate with mocha appearance in mid-palate.  It’s a touch bitter on the end, but not so much that it’s a turn off.  The tannins are soft and the acidity is adequate.  It’s a excellent malbec.  And for the fee, I’d say it’s a fantastic malbec.
Wine: Bota Box
Variety: Malbec
Vintage: 2009
Alcohol: 13.5%
Rating:  85
Fee: $19.99 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles)

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