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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

WBW 31: Box Wines

posted by snekse
It's time for another Wine Blogging Wednesday. This month's theme is Box Wines & Non-Traditional Packaging hosted by Box Wines.

Unfortunately I was unable to locate a box of DTOUR Macon-Villages, the first boxed wine I've wanted to drink. The "D" in DTOUR is for it's creators: Dominique Lafon (vigneron), Daniel Johnnes (sommelier) and Daniel Boulud (chef). If Daniel Boulud is willing to put his name on it, I'm willing to pay $36+ to try it... if I could find it.

So I set out to find the most expensive box wine I could find, or at least the one that sounded the most interesting. I was a bit surprised to see how wide the selection of box wines was, but didn't find anything that I wanted to try. Then I remembered I had snapped up a 4-pack of Sofia Blanc de Blanc cans on sale a couple of months earlier. This would be the perfect time to crack open a cold one :-)

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs Can
For those of you who haven't seen the shiny pink cans, it's a clever marketing gimmick to grab some of that younger, hip, trendy money. Single serving cans of champagne each with their own straw for drinking. As a confessed sucker for marketing, how could I not buy some?

Now on with the wine!

N.V. Francis Coppola Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs
Glass of Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs
187ml ~ $6.00 $3.00 On Sale (The Tasting Room)

Vintage: N.V.
Type: White - Sparkling
Producer: Francis Coppola
Varietal: Pinot Blanc Blend
Designation: Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs
Vineyard: N/A
Country: USA
Region: California
SubRegion: Central Coast
Appellation: Monterey County


Tasting Notes
A pale straw in color. Not much of a nose, or at least nothing really out of the ordinary for a blanc de blancs sparkling wine. Lots of acidity in the form for green apple, balanced with a slight sweetness and a dry grassy yeast flavor. The effervescence was almost startling, accentuated by the straw. The bubbles actually added some complexity to this wine as what you tasted bounced back and forth between the flavor profiles listed about. The finish skewed a little more towards the sweet end with a kind of peach/apricot taste. Not a top of the line wine, but if I could find it for $3 a can again, I'd consider buying it. It would be a fun summer wine in a perfect container for picnics. I did not detect a strong metallic taste as some have complained about. If this is a concern, they do sell this in bottles as well.

Rating: 87

So not a bad wine. I think it hits the target market very well. It's about as far away from a brut as you can get without being cloying. A very easy drinking summer sparkler.

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