I usually like Pinot Noir, and I wanted to like this one, I really did.
But I didn’t.
Hard to put a finger on exactly what it is. The box says something about tasting like cola. They call it cola, I call it unfortunate.
Something mid palate hits all the wrong notes.
But that’s just me. Xavier thought it was alright. He drank more of it than I did but we ended up throwing part of it away in favor of something better.
The blessing and the curse of boxed wine is that it comes in large quantities.
I’m generally a fan of Bota Box but won’t be buying this Pinot Noir again. On the other hand, the RedVolution and Nightkawk Black are both very good!
They’re not kidding about the black part.
Bota Box Nighthawk Black is thick and jammy and remains black even when help up to the light.
One issue with box wine is that it can’t really be decanted. Well, I guess it could be but with that would come an obligation to drink all of what was poured because boxed wine is a lot like a tube of toothpaste; once it’s out, there’s no putting it back in.
I find this wine benefits from having a few minutes to breathe but it’s well worth the wait as it opens up very nicely. Smooth, lots of oak, jammy to boot, dark chocolate and black as the night. Needless to say, I liked it, a lot. And, not for nothin’, but it goes pretty well with a Little (filter tip) Swisher Sweet.
Another thing I appreciate about Bota Box is their concern for not trashing the earth with their packaging. The boxes are made from unbleached recycled material and are themselves recyclable. Inside, the bag is BPA free and it, along with the spout, are also recyclable. (So, recycle them!)
Other pertinent details: 13.5% alcohol and no red wine headache 😀