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Week 6: Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio

Boxed Wine Experiment: I’m a huge proponent of boxed wine. I regularly have a box of white wine in my refrigerator for easy access. It’s a great space saver, and they allow me to buy a lot of wine at one time. I love having it and not having to store it elsewhere, or worrying about it becoming oxidized if we don’t enjoy it within a few days. Boxed wines are touted as having a six week shelf life, once tapped and put into action.

I was sent an Email and asked if I’d write about this new DUCA DEL FRASSINO brand from Italy. It’s the first ever Italian boxed wine. I suggested that a box be sent to me, and I’d conduct a six week experiment, similar to what Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher did. The one caveat was going to be that they had six boxes and went back and forth from box one, to box two, to box three, etc., until they had experienced the entire six weeks. I don’t have that kind of refrigerator space, and the experiment has already been done by a couple of complete pros.

  1. For five weeks, I’ve talked about what the Garganega/Pinot Grigio was tasting like.
  2. I wanted to also see if flavors shifted from one week to the next.
  3. I also wanted to taste it six weeks later, and see if the wine was tired at all, or oxidized.

So, here’s what I found, six weeks later.

  • I’ve talked about what the Garganega/Pinot Grigio was tasting like each week, and found it slightly different from the past week’s experience. I do have to say that some memory doesn’t serve us well in this kind of a process, because how much can you remember, a week later? But I did have glimpses of memories, and I did perceive slight differences… All of which were fairly pleasant. My week to week notes changes slightly with the different fruit that I was tasting. Here’s just the nose changings…
    • Week 1: I did the nose and found a freshly sliced Pippen apple aroma, lemon/lime, a touch of petrol, and lilies of the valley.
    • The immediate nose was of pink bubble gum… the kind I loved to chew as a kid, and it’s still not an offensive aroma in my world. Swirling, this wine is now citrusy lemons and lavender.
    • Green leaf lettuce, and I don’t think it’s from my salad. It’s just got a green aroma to it that reminds me of a spring day with daffodils pushing open. Slight petrol and floral, too.
    • Green fruit and a faint hint of Petrol continues, and the green fruit remains in tact.
    • SICK: Today, I can’t taste a blessed thing. I swirled, I sniffed and sniffed, and sniffed again…
    • This was my final tasting, as my nose and palate had returned about 50 percent. I did still pick up green fruit. Between not being completely well, and having a box of wine that had now been tapped into for the last six weeks, I’m here to say that there was still fruit remaining. Although I wouldn’t be serving the last bit of this wine to guests for the obvious reasons at this point in time, it did enhance the rice & beans that I had cooked all day, along with a green vegetable salad last night, while I watched Oscar winners receive their awards. Bravo!
  • I wanted to also see if flavors shifted from one week to the next.
    • Yes, it did, interestingly. Always pleasant for me.
  • I also wanted to taste it six weeks later, and see if the wine was tired at all, or oxidized.
    • Yes, it was a tiny bit, but honestly – I won’t have another box of wine last six weeks in my refrigerator. We enjoy a daily glass of whatever is there throughout the week, so it doesn’t last that long in my house.

Can it last six weeks? Yes, it can and the Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio proved itself worthy.

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