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Black Box Merlot Sonoma County 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A lightly smoky, caramel and vanilla tinged oak note on the nose with hints of banana and very ripe pineapple. This is soft in the mouth with a round feel and no rough edges. It’s moderately fruity with very typical sweet apple, banana cream, and pineapple flavors that fade out on the moderate finish that ends on a slightly bitter note. You’d be hard pressed to find a better Chardonnay at this price point. 84pts

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Black Box Wines:
Welcome to Black Box Wines. Black Box Wines makes America's highest quality, vintage dated boxed wine from the world's premier growing regions. Boxed wines from our winery are available in retail stores throughout the US. You can now enjoy excellent tasting wine in a box for about half the price you would pay for a bottled wine of the same quality. As an additional bonus, our 3 liter... Read more
Welcome to Black Box Wines. Black Box Wines makes America's highest quality, vintage dated boxed wine from the world's premier growing regions. Boxed wines from our winery are available in retail stores throughout the US. You can now enjoy excellent tasting wine in a box for about half the price you would pay for a bottled wine of the same quality. As an additional bonus, our 3 liter bag-in-box package protects your wine, keeping it fresh for at least 4 weeks after opening. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Black Box Merlot Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,157
2.50 5
11/06/2009

A lightly smoky, caramel and vanilla tinged oak note on the nose with hints of banana and very ripe pineapple. This is soft in the mouth with a round feel and no rough edges. It’s moderately fruity with very typical sweet apple, banana cream, and pineapple flavors that fade out on the moderate finish that ends on a slightly bitter note. You’d be hard pressed to find a better Chardonnay at this price point. 84pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,157
3.00 5
11/06/2009

The nose is fairly simple and direct with earthy, oaky tones framing leafy, tobacco tinged black fruits with hints of licorice and cocoa. Round and soft with a suggestion of orange peel on entry which is followed by a round mid-palate with a sweet, dried cherry and coca dusted quality that leads to a gently tannic, bright red cherry toned finish. 85pts.


Member Reviews for Black Box Merlot Sonoma County

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2.50 5
11/06/2009

Plum and blackberry nose. Flavors are tart, with good acidity, light tannin and a hint of black olive on the finish.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.00 5
11/06/2009

Fruity hot nose. Medium bodied and chalky in the mouth with a bright acidic finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
11/06/2009

Softly sweet earthy nose. Quite sweet, but with good typical merlot mouthfeel, and flavors of coffee, spice, anise. There's a manufactured quality on the mid palate, but its not too distracting. Finishes on a nice tartness of bitter cherry and plums.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
2.50 5
02/06/2010

Very reserved nose. I found this a tad austere, with some tightness making it difficult to pick out specific aromas or flavors. Does grow on you though and is a fair merlot. - Schreiner's Winers: Thinking in the Box tasting


Snooth User: sscalet
29640266
2.50 5
11/17/2009

Was very surprised by this wine, smooth, balanced, great everyday wine!


Snooth User: dhbuckley
1894997
0.00 5
11/11/2009

I absolutely found it drinkable which is high praise for me for US available box wine. In France one can actually get truly enjoyable box wine. Gregory, you're gonna hate me...;-) but I'd be surprised if you really meant "coca dusted"... But if you did, the sales may spike... Be well, David


Snooth User: bjweinman
2774226
4.00 5
11/21/2009

Smooth, balanced, quite good. Will buy again.


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External Reviews for Black Box Merlot Sonoma County

External Review
10/15/2009

Black Box Merlot is a decent enough Merlot, though we fail to see why many people seem to hold up Black Box as the pinnacle of bag-in-box wines. The aroma is nice, with pepper, clove, and berry notes. The flavor offers some cherry and blackberry notes, with quite a bit of oak and a medium spicy finish. There’s not a lot of complexity, and the feel is a bit generic, but it’s an adequate red wine.



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