Wines of the Week: Three Laudable Bag In Box Wines Made With Organic Grapes

Natural Origins Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon

Natural Origins is the latest venture from husband and wife Labid al Ameri and Anne Bousquet. The entrepreneurial duo also owns and runs the Uco Valley winery and estate Domaine Bousquet, Argentina’s foremost exporter of wines made with organic fruit.

The Natural Origins Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are South America’s first 3-liter box wines made exclusively from organically grown grapes.

Fruit for both of these wines comes from Domaine Bousquet’s estate vineyard located in Uco Valley’s Tupungato zone. The Uco Valley is the latest frontier in ultra-high altitude, cool-climate viticulture. It is nestled against the foothills of the Andes, and is about the size of the planted area of Sonoma County in California. Elevation ranges from 900-1,500 meters (2,950-4,900 feet) above sea level. Shallow loam soils are typical in the Tupungato.

Though no vintage is detailed on the box, each is from the 2019 harvest.

Tasting Notes:

The Natural Origins Malbec pours a translucent crimson color with inviting aromas of plum skin, black cherry, spice and cacao. On the palate it’s medium-bodied with lively acidity and black plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and spice flavors. 14.1% abv| SRP -$20 per 3L Box (yes, that’s an incredible $5/ bottle!) Available in major market nationwide. Imported by WISD, LLC.

The Natural Origins Cabernet Sauvignon pours a nearly opaque garnet color with black currant, blackberry and subtle spice aromas. On the palate it’s very fresh with gauzy tannins and cassis, ripe black cherry, ripe blackberry and a hint of dark chocolate flavors accented with appealing spice notes. 14.1% abv| SRP -$20 per 3L Box Imported by WISD, LLC.