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Friday, January 27, 2012

Jack Tone Vineyards White Wine Bottle Blend 3 Liter Bag In Box - Breaking Into The Box (Part Two)


A non-vintage blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Muscat from California.

SRP of $20 and available at that price for a 3 Liter Bag-in-Box. (Equivalent to four standard 750ml bottles.) Sample received courtesy Benson Marketing and McManis Family Vineyards for review purposes.

From the bottle:
"McManis Family Vineyards' tradition has always been to make the highest quality wine, while over delivering on value. Our eco-friendly Jack Tone 3 Liter Box provides that same quality of wine that we put in our bottle. This allows us to pass on the savings to you, with the equivalent of 4 bottles of premium wine - at a very reasonable price.

Our winemaker's plan for Jack Tone is to produce the finest white wine possible using any combination of four distinct varietals - Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Muscat Canelli with the common goal of quality and "drinkability".

We hope you enjoy!

12.5% alcohol"
Yesterday we reviewed the Jack Tone Vineyards Red boxed wine and came away liking what we tasted, but expressing some reservations about the non-vintage status and the varying blend possibilities from year to year. We have the same reservations with the white wine version which was also just recently released. In this case, the label includes four different varieties that could be part of the blend (Pinto Grigio, Chardonnay, Muscat and Viognier) but only the first three of those are used currently. This obviously makes it hard to say if future wines will taste similar or different and with the non-vintage status you'll never really know what you're getting. So that's the downside. The upside, as we also discussed in the red wine review, is the extremely low cost, the convenient packaging and at least for now, the really nice taste.

The Jack Tone Vineyards White Wine Box Bottle Blend begins with a lightly fruity aroma of peach, pear, lemon/lime and other citrus scents plus a few floral notes. This light-bodied wine has a creamy texture when tasting and is a bit on the flabby side, but ends with a nice finish of sweet fruit. This wine reminded me mostly of a Pinot Grigio, so PG lovers will probably find this quite nice. Overall I have to say simple but good. The Red was my favorite of the two but this one will also sneak out a Recommended Buy rating thanks to its extremely low cost.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 6              Cost Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 7.0

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