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Black Box

Black Box
2017 Pinot Noir, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$6.25

Black Box
2017 Pinot Noir, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Dark dusty ruby color. Confected aromas of chocolate frosting, glazed beets, vanilla nougat, and fondant coated cranberry with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy raspberry compote finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A funky little Pinot Noir best with game.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Funky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate frosting, glazed beets, vanilla nougat, and fondant coated cranberry
Taste Flavor: raspberry compote
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Haggis, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A funky little Pinot Noir best with game.

The Producer

Black Box Wines

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

Their Portfolio

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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.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.