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Bota Box Chardonnay 2011

Member Review by jbirdawg:

I bought a box of the 2009 based on the nice packaging and the Cal State fair review on the 2008......of 95 no less. Due to the economy killing my preferred higher end normal purchases I have been trying box wines for a so called everyday wine. So far I have liked the Black Box Cab(84 my score), didn't like Black box Shiraz, and the Big House red(84 my score). Seems like all the box wines I have bought need time out of the vacuum to show themselves. Often they seem too tart and tight upon first pour. This '09 Zin from Bota is very thin for Zin, almost watered down. It is juice and very viscous and does how very bright, tart, flavors, although the flavor profile is far too spread apart. It is not focus or rich as one who drinks Zin would expect. I actually poured some opened Italian into the Zin to make it richer and it worked well. Even at a great deal of $15 I wouldn't buy it again. I did but the Big House red and Black box Cab again. The big house is maybe the most interesting because it is dense, spicy, and has a reasonable finish. But I highly recommend decanting to let some of the youth disappear. I actually turn the box upside down and open the spout to let some air into the vacuum bag.

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Great Wine Shouldn't Cost the Earth   Premium wine in a box? You bet! Bota Box produces premium California wine in 3-liter box and 500ml Tetra Pak, both made from environmentally-friendly packaging. Bota Box 3L is packaged in 100% recyclable, unbleached, post-consumer fiber printed with soy-based inks. Using state of the art FlexTap™ technology, our wine is kept fresh for up... Read more
Great Wine Shouldn't Cost the Earth   Premium wine in a box? You bet! Bota Box produces premium California wine in 3-liter box and 500ml Tetra Pak, both made from environmentally-friendly packaging. Bota Box 3L is packaged in 100% recyclable, unbleached, post-consumer fiber printed with soy-based inks. Using state of the art FlexTap™ technology, our wine is kept fresh for up to six weeks after opening, allowing consumers to enjoy a glass of our award-winning wine without worrying about waste or spoilage. Bota Box offers nine popular 3-liter wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz, Old Vine Zinfandel, and a red blend called RedVolution.   Lightweight Bota 500ml Tetra Paks boast a smaller carbon footprint than the equivalent amount of 750ml glass bottles. The smart, alternative packaging and size reduce greenhouse gasses by 75% and waste by 50%, cut fuel emissions due to its lighter shipping weight, and are produced primarily from paper which is a renewable resource. Our 500ml Tetra Paks are available in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Old Vine Zinfandel and Moscato. Read less

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Snooth User: jbirdawg
71035918
1.50 5
01/08/2011

I bought a box of the 2009 based on the nice packaging and the Cal State fair review on the 2008......of 95 no less. Due to the economy killing my preferred higher end normal purchases I have been trying box wines for a so called everyday wine. So far I have liked the Black Box Cab(84 my score), didn't like Black box Shiraz, and the Big House red(84 my score). Seems like all the box wines I have bought need time out of the vacuum to show themselves. Often they seem too tart and tight upon first pour. This '09 Zin from Bota is very thin for Zin, almost watered down. It is juice and very viscous and does how very bright, tart, flavors, although the flavor profile is far too spread apart. It is not focus or rich as one who drinks Zin would expect. I actually poured some opened Italian into the Zin to make it richer and it worked well. Even at a great deal of $15 I wouldn't buy it again. I did but the Big House red and Black box Cab again. The big house is maybe the most interesting because it is dense, spicy, and has a reasonable finish. But I highly recommend decanting to let some of the youth disappear. I actually turn the box upside down and open the spout to let some air into the vacuum bag.


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
4.00 5
03/06/2012

I've had this on two occasions, one 2008 and one 2009. Both times the wine was very fruity, with black fruit notes. After having the box sit in my fridge for weeks, I can attest that it stays fresh for extended periods of time, though after the first week or so it starts to taper off.


Snooth User: Carly Wray
196958852
1.50 5
10/23/2011

Bought a tiny tetrapak of this off an impulse rack for $4.99. Call me curious. There's fruit on the nose but it withers in the heat; one-note jammy black fruit on the palate, with a dark, pruney shadow that settles in along the edges of the tongue. Not so much a "finish" as an aftertaste. Not offensive, but also not even up to other box (yellow+blue, say) standards. I'll spend my next $4.99 on beer.


Snooth User: freerangeathlete
848143279
2.00 5
08/21/2011

This was my first try of boxed wine. Overall, it is drinkable, but I'm a bit disappointed. I'm not sure if the odd taste I'm getting is some flaw in the wine or if it has been in contact with the plastic bag for too long. Either way, I find the 95 rating listed on the box to be very unrealistic. I won't be dumping it, but I will be looking for a different box next time.


Snooth User: fucci15
57156381
2.50 5
09/19/2010

I'm trying out a box wine in search of a convenient and drinkable daily jug wine. The Bota Box claims an approximate 45 day freshness after opening and at $17.50 it's less than 4.5 per bottle! Double Dip Recession, bring it on! As to be expected from a box, the wine is by no mean rich, complex or packing an old vine Zin wallop. Blackberry, slightly floral as licorice on the nose. A slightly jam smell is followed by a medium weight creamy and somewhat soapy feel. No heat or pepper is disappointing given it's supposed to be an old vine Zin. Finish is mild and sweet of chocolate & blueberries. I would pair it with a spicy Indian dish or a caramelized lamb chop for a very rich entrée.


Snooth User: sdifelice
118625827
3.00 5
02/08/2013

In my ever-continuing search for quality, consistency and affordability I have found the Bota Box Zin to meet all three of these criteria. The quality is that of a good table wine one would find in a café in Italy or France and is consistently solid. As for affordability, at $17 - $19 for a 3 liter box (4 bottles) you can’t beat the price! This is my "House Pour". Once you get over the perceived stigma of drinking wine from a bag/box you will be a convert too!

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  • Snooth User: Nom dePlume
    7373184
    3.00 5
    01/19/2011

    Strong prune juice flavors. Sounds odd, but it is tasty.


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    03/16/2013

    Bota Box Chardonnay presents bright citrus, green apple and honeysuckle aromas. This light-bodied wine is refreshing and crisp with vibrant flavors of lemon, lime, green apple and pineapple leading to a juicy finish.



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