Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Vin Vault is Gallo's recent entry into the three liter box wine competition and it's not bad. TWC is not against box wine in the way he abhors screw-cap wine closures. Obviously God had a plan when he planted all of those cork oak trees in Portugal, so stop it.
There isn't any good reason why everyday drinking wine cannot come out of a box. Bonus: Box wine stays good for a month, which is three weeks longer than it needs to last. Granted, bottles are cooler and there is a bit of ceremony in pulling a cork. OTOH, the Greenies among us are pleased that boxes are marginally more environmentally friendly than bottles. Speaking of that, at one time crushed glass was used for roadbeds. Wonder if that's still the case.
Unfortunately, Vin Vault violates TWC rule number 31. The kitsch rule. Generally, the cool factor or kitsch of the label is inversely proportional to the quality of the wine. This is not always true (see Plungerhead) but it is a good working rule.
My initial impression was that this wine was a dry, straight-up, medium bodied wine that was not fruit driven. However, it exhibits just enough of cloying sweetness masquerading as cherries to put me off. Historically, that is a mark of cheap, mass marketed Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. To be fair, it isn't overwhelming in the way that it once was with inexpensive Chilean Cabernet, but, here's the thing, my taste buds are firing on all eight cylinders. And my sense of smell is in the 99th percentile, which can be a blessing or a curse depending upon whether I'm strolling past a Porta Potty or Plumeria. It's there. TWC can smell it and taste it. :-(
Will you like it, Gentle Reader? It is not bad for a Tuesday night wine with pizza or pasta and the price is right. However, in a head-to-head competition, I might opt for Black Box.