Wine of the week


July 13, 2005|By Michael Dresser

2002 Wine Block Cabernet Sauvignon ($10/1.5 liters). A wine writer recommending a boxed wine? Horrors! What gives? Well, this uniquely packaged item from California just happens to be an impressive cabernet for the equivalent of $5 a bottle. Its cubed shape makes it very compact for travel, and the bag-in-box format renders it immune to cork taint and quick spoilage (more than a few weeks would be pushing it). The wine itself is medium- to full-bodied, with an admirable smoothness. Its black-currant and black-cherry flavors are not ultra-complex, but this wine competes well with its bottled counterparts in the $10 to $15 range.

- Michael Dresser

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