Raley's started selling Trove boxed wine and had a sale this week ($14.99 instead of the usual $22.99), so I tried the Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is nowhere in the category of Black Box. While the first aroma was berry-like, that didn't last long. The wine is highly tannic and sour. Not sour as in spoiled though. Just sour. There is no other flavor I could detect - just mouth-puckering and sour. Centerra Wine produces this.
Unless someone has tried one of the other three and liked it, I have no intention of taking advantage of Raley's sale to try the other three.
Also Three Thieves came out with the first single-bottle box I've seen. It looks like the boxed soup from Campbells.
It was similar in taste to their bottle. Three Thieves is an ok, nothing special wine that is afforable and a lot more drinkable than Trove. It is $6.99. I'll try the other types of Bandit when it goes on sale.
The packaging for the Bandit takes boxed wine to a new level ... not only is it boxed ... it has a plastic screw top with a plastic pull ring that needs to be removed for the first drink.
Wow, restaurants have problems convincing consumers that screw top bottles are a good thing. If some of the better wines go to these boxes, I'd pay big bucks to sit at a top restaurant and watch the wine steward pull out the box of wine and unscrew it.