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Black Box

Black Box
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .7%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20.09

Black Box
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .7%
Ruby color. Roasted aromas and flavors of melted dark chocolate, dark roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an even, breezy finish manifesting accents of creme brulee, toasty oak, and grilled beets with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice toasty merlot sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: melted dark chocolate, dark roasted nuts, and berry pie crust
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of creme brulee, toasty oak, and grilled beets
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Bacon Cheeseburger, Shish-Kabob, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice toasty merlot sipper.

The Producer

Black Box Wines

The Producer
41 E. 11th Street, Floor 6
New York, NY 10003
USA
1 646-374-0872

Their Portfolio

86 Black Box 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13.2% (Chile) $20.09.
87 Black Box 2015 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $20.09.
85 Black Box 2015 Malbec, Mendoza 13.5% (Argentina) $20.09.
88 Black Box 2014 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $20.09.
87 Black Box 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley 12.5% (Chile) $20.09.
82 Black Box 2015 Riesling, California 12% (USA) $24.49.
86 Black Box 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $20.09.
86 Black Box 2015 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $24.49.
88 Black Box 2015 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $20.09.
84 Black Box 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $25.00.
88 Black Box 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.5% (Chile) $25.00.
86 Black Box 2015 Malbec, Mendoza 13.5% (Argentina) $25.00.
82 Black Box 2015 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
84 Black Box 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13.5% (Chile) $25.00.
86 Black Box 2016 Red Blend, California 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
90 Black Box 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
83 Black Box 2015 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $25.00.
88 Black Box 2016 Rosé, California 12.7% (USA) $25.00.
82 Black Box 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile .5% (Chile) $25.00.
83 Black Box 2015 Malbec, Mendoza 13.3% (Argentina) $25.00.
84 Black Box 2016 Riesling, California 12% (USA) $25.00.
89 Black Box 2015 Pinot Noir, California 12.8% (USA) $25.00.
84 Black Box 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
83 Black Box 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $6.25.
85 Black Box 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $6.25.
83 Black Box 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $6.25.
86 Black Box 2016 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $6.25.
86 Black Box NV Red Sangria 10% (USA) $6.25.
84 Black Box 2016 Red Blend, California 13% (USA) $6.25.
84 Black Box 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 13% (Chile) $6.25.
80 Black Box 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $6.25.
87 Black Box 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $6.25.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.