Full Review

Black Box

Black Box
2016 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$25

Black Box
2016 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of egg salad, fallen lemon, butter poached apple, and nutmeg with a supple, shy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy vanilla buttercream frosting finish with clunky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A buttery chardonnay for the table

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: egg salad, fallen lemon, butter poached apple, and nutmeg
Taste Flavor: vanilla buttercream frosting
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pork Saltimbocca, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A buttery chardonnay for the table

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.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.