You may think this is taking populism to far but I liked this one. So how did it happen? I recently attended a tasting of affordable Bordeaux wines. Most were reasonably well made but unexciting. There were a few good ones though and one of them was a box wine, Chateau Tassin, 2009, from Wineberry Importers.
It is a typical Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. It had a nice level of acidity but had typical Merlot smoothness, some good berry and black current flavors from the Cabernet Sauvignon, and some spiciness from the Cabernet Franc. Was it a wine to lay down and bring out for special occasions? No, but it would make an excellent house red and would work well for a party too. Being a box wine you would not have to worry about oxidation. Just have a glass when you want.
This wine has not yet been released but it should be any day now. Other Wineberry box wines cost around $40 for three liters. Enjoy.