I've joined the Carlo Rosse Possi. I didn't join because the wine knocked my socks off. I joined because the wine delivered as promised. The 5 litre box of Carlo Rossi Reserve California Cabernet Sauvignon says "dark plum to delicate hints of oak and spice." I was somewhat startled by the fact that they lead with plum flavors to describe Cabernet. Yes, their opening line was Plum. Usually, wineries describe wine something like: "Kissed by moonbeams, these individually selected grapes were hand selected by blah, blah, blah".
Not here -- just plum. And it delivers plumb, and a hint of oak and spice. Not the killer Cab, and not what I'd serve to the Queen, but a plain and drinkable box wine. No spin. No lies. Just straightforward drinkable wine.
While Carlo passed in 1994, his spirit lives on in this daily quaff. Said Carlo, "I like to talk about wine, but I'd rather drink it." Me too.
Best, Joe Plonk
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