Pros: Charming, sweet, gentle, light on the palate and light on the checkbook.
Cons: Pouch not made for reuse.
My first sip of this box wine brought back memories of 1980 and Mateus Rose, because that is very much what it resembles. This is a very soft, fruity, sweet light red wine that's pretty in the glass and unintimidating enough for beginning wine drinkers while still tasty enough for those of us who've known the good, the bad and the ugly and just want an inexpensive table wine.
There's just enough tannic acid to perk up the palate without pucker. This wine is sweet, but I didn't find it overbearingly so; it went easily with cheddar cheese and garlic crackers as well as with chocolate. Chilled a bit over some ice (yes, ice, wine-snobs) it was a lovely go-with for grilled bratwurst and potato salad, offsetting the richness of those items with its joyful simplicity.
Truly simple it is. So many box wines are amended with "natural flavors." If it needs amending, it shouldn't be sold for drinking, but relegated to the vinegar tank. You can taste the truth in the statement on the box of Delicious Red: 100% Grape Wine. You taste a hint of the grapes that were, not sugar or other fruit. For about $14 a 5 liter box, it's an excellent value.
The box itself is easy to open and sturdy. The spout held up well over a week and a half of pouring three or four glasses a day. I appreciated the transparent vinyl pouch so I could see how much was really in there when it was becoming slow to pour. When it came time to squeeze out the last glass or two, the bag held up like a champ without popping a seam or puncturing. We tried to come up with a way to reuse the pouch, but failed. At least the box biodegrades.