More and more producers are turning to boxes to move lots of product (they typically hold three liters vs. just 750ml of wine in a standard bottle) at rock-bottom prices.
Here’s a look at two more offerings that use cardboard and plastic in lieu of glass and cork.
2008 Fish Eye California Pinot Grigio is a pleasant, if wholly unchallenging white. Served very cold, it’s crisp, with grassy lemon notes and a moderately clean finish. There’s not a whole lot of fruit in the glass — though that’s common with pinot grigio — but overall this is a pleasant enough wine considering the rock-bottom price. B- / $15 for 3-liter box / fisheyewines.com
NV Pinot Evil Non-Vintage Pinot Noir Vin de Pays de l’ile de Beaute is proof that the box wine business is better left to the less tempermental white wine world, despite it’s impressive-sounding French roots. Like a very light and young (and very cheap) Beaujolais, this wine offers prune-like fruit and a skunky finish that, quite frankly, I can’t find much charm in at all. D+ / $15 for 3-liter box