2010 Open Door Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Open Door Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Handout photo / June 12, 2012)

This boxed wine, made in California for a Baltimore-based startup company and distributed in the mid-Atlantic region, fills a useful niche. In quality terms, it's a cut above most boxed red wines, though the price is correspondingly higher. And the 1.5-liter box — equivalent to two standard bottles at $11 each — fills a useful niche that that's been left vacant by most competitors. The company also makes a merlot and a chardonnay, each of which is equally worthy of a recommendation. A great debut.

From: California

Price: $22 per 11/2 liter, $34 for 3 liter

Serve with: Red meat, pasta