We Tried Every Boxed Pinot Noir We Could Find and This Was the Best One
Because wine not?
No offense to all you Leos out there, but August is kind of the worst month. It’s hot, summer vacations are becoming a thing of the past, and there aren’t even any holidays to look forward to. I’m so incredibly ready to trade in my sandals for boots, my French vanilla for pumpkin spice, and my breezy rosé for a luscious red.
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That’s why, in the spirit of wistfulness, I decided to buy every box of pinot noir I could find.
I’ve raved about my love for boxed wine in the past—you can read more about the wonder that is wine in a cardboard box here and here—so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet: Boxed wines get a bad rap, and that’s a shame. They’re cheap, they’re sustainable, and most boxed brands taste as good as their bottled counterparts (at similar price points).
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I’m on a mission to find the best boxes on grocery store shelves, and I’m dragging my coworkers along for the ride, making them taste along with me.
Here’s what our friends at mkgalleryamp; Wine have to say about pinot noir: “When it’s good, it’s ethereally aromatic, with flavors ranging from ripe red berries to sweet black cherries, and tannins that are firm but never obtrusive. When bad, unfortunately, it’s acidic, raspy, and bland.”
Here’s how the boxes I found stacked up:
Not Our Favorites, But Still Wine
Price: $19 ($4.75 per bottle)
If you prefer grape juice to wine, Franzia’s Pinot Noir/Carmenere was made for you. It’s not our thing, but no judgment if it’s yours.
Price: $18 ($4.50 per bottle)
Target’s Wine Cube was our favorite boxed rosé, so we were a little surprised that we didn’t love this one. It wasn’t bad, exactly, but the artificial vanilla flavor and strong acidity threw us off a bit.
Price: $20 ($5 per bottle)
Meh. Black Box’s Pinot Noir is a decent table wine: It’s not great, but it’ll get the job done.