I have a friend in Nashville who, every time I run into him, always asks me as a joke, "Tasted any good box wines lately?" Of course, there are a handful of bag in the box wines which are actually pretty good wines. But this Spanish red is astonishing.
Tiza Tempranillo, $19.99 per 3 liter bag in the box (the equivalent of $5 per bottle!)
The grapes are from 30 year old vines 700 meters above sea level grown on sand and red clay with chunks of chalk (old vines and altitude are good things) in Castillo La Mancha. The grapes are carefully hand harvested and transported to the winery. They are harvested at dawn or just before when the air is coolest and the temperatures are the lowest. The musts are fermented with skin contact at a controlled temperature. During the fermentation process, several pump-overs are made to assist in the extraction of varietal aromas, tannins, and color. It is fermented like a Rhône style red, with whole berry skin contact. Juicy, clean, and fresh, with aromas and flavors of ripe black fruit, blueberries, black cherries and hints of dark chocolate. Full bodied with a solid texture, velvety tannins, and a slightly sweet, creamy finish.
If I were to assign it a numerical score, I would give it 89 points!
Purchase this amazing bang for the buck red here:
And you can purchase some Drunken Goat Cheese in our deli to pair with it for a match made in heaven!