Big House Wines
2011 Big House Red
ALC: 13.5% Price: $22 for 3L box
Received from Underdog Wine & Spirits
“The 2011 Big House Red is an eclectic mix of over 15 different grape varieties, including Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo, and other esoteric reds such as Sagrantino. Often referred to as a “fruit bomb,” this wine bursts with blackberries and raspberries on the nose leading to a clean palate exhibiting flavors of cranberries, roses, and a touch of rhubarb. The lingering finish leaves you with flavors of vanilla and a touch of dark cherries. The wine is the perfect companion to grilled meats, lasagna Bolognese or grilled vegetables. I bet it also pairs well with filing out your Federal Tax returns – but in moderation, of course!”
Our Tasting Notes:
I bet when you saw that this was a “boxed wine” you immediately dismissed it. To be honest, when I received this wine it was not on the top of my “excited to drink list.” Last night I finally decided to give it a try. Before I knew anything about this wine I tasted it and tried to see if I could guess the varietals in it. After my first drink I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. It was big, bold, and surprisingly dynamic. I was unable to guess the most prominent grape in this blend which is Grenache, but I did pick up on the Syrah and Merlot.
This blend is made up of 19% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 16% Tempranillo, 14% Petite Verdot, 6% Mourvedre, and a bit more of various other varietals. It had great dark fruit flavors of blackberries and blueberries. It even had some soft tannins and a pretty decent finish. It was a well-rounded wine that drank very smoothly.
Now lets move on to the frugal aspects of this boxed wine. This 3 Liter box of wine is equivalent to 4 bottles of wine. At a suggested retail price of $22 and available for less than that, this wine is a steal. To top it all off, it has a unique octagon shape and an easy to use pour spout. What more could you want!? Perhaps it’s not a wine you would pull out for nice dinner parties but it is the perfect thing for a casual evening at home. Give it a try!
For more info check out: www.bighousewines.com