But alass, there is plenty of Chilean wine available in box containers within Chile.
Put aside your preconceived notions, there is some pretty tasty wine in them boxes. I know, I’ve tried plenty of it. I was first exposed to boxed chilean wines about ten years ago. I haven’t had a bad experience yet, though keep in mind most of the boxed wines are daily drinkers. Yes, good table wines, that are in most cases, smooth, balanced, and most of all drinkable. Boxed wines are not the place to go to, for finding fine varietal specimens.
With that in mind, the Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere blend is a great example of a good daily drinker. Coming in at around $2.00 for a half liter, you can really call this a recession buster.
The color is a deep ruby red. On the nose (yes it has one) you’ll note black and red berry fruit. It is smooth, thin bodied and refreshing. Drink it at a less than room temperature for best flavor (12-14 Celsius, or around 55 Farenheit).
If you can find it, go ahead and give it a try. You will be pleasantly surprised.
(Lots of Chilean box wines can be found at most larger supermarkets in Chile)