Full Review

Black Box

Black Box
2019 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$19.99

Black Box
2019 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Light garnet color. Oaky aromas of cranberry tart, smoked caramel, black tea, and wood shavings with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky weeknight red that’s light on its feet.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: cranberry tart, smoked caramel, black tea, and wood shavings
Taste Flavor: cranberry tart, smoked caramel, black tea, and wood shavings
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An oaky weeknight red that's light on its feet.

The Producer

Black Box Wines

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

Their Portfolio

BR Black Box 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $6.25. - Bronze Medal
85 Black Box 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $6.25.
BR Black Box 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $6.25. - Bronze Medal
86 Black Box 2016 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $6.25.
86 Black Box NV Red Sangria 10% (USA) $6.25.
BR Black Box 2016 Red Blend, California 13% (USA) $6.25. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 13% (Chile) $6.25. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $6.25. - Bronze Medal
87 Black Box 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $6.25.
88 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, Australia 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
86 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.00.
85 Black Box 2018 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.00.
BR Black Box 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Black Box 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $19.00.
86 Black Box 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.00.
BR Black Box 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Black Box 2018 Red Blend, California 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
88 Black Box 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Black Box 2019 Red Blend, California 13% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Red Blend, California TBD% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Red Blend, California TBD% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Red Blend, California TBD% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Red Blend, California TBD% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Red Blend, California TBD% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Red Blend, California TBD% (USA) $19.99.
BR Black Box NV Red Sangria, American 10% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box NV Red Sangria, American 10% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box NV Red Sangria, American 10% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box NV Red Sangria, American 10% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box NV Red Sangria, American 10% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box NV Red Sangria, American 10% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box NV Red Sangria, American 10% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
86 Black Box 2019 Rose, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2019 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2019 Malbec, Chile 13% (Chile) $19.99.
85 Black Box 2019 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $19.99.
85 Black Box 2019 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $19.99.
85 Black Box 2019 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $19.99.
85 Black Box 2019 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $19.99.
85 Black Box 2019 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $19.99.
85 Black Box 2019 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $19.99.
85 Black Box 2019 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12% (USA) $19.99.
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Black Box 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 12.7% (Chile) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Black Box 2018 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2018 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2018 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2018 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2018 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2018 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
87 Black Box 2018 Shiraz, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.

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.