Black Box Merlot Sonoma County 2007
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. 84ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Black Box Merlot Sonoma County
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
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.
Plum and blackberry nose. Flavors are tart, with good acidity, light tannin and a hint of black olive on the finish.
Fruity hot nose. Medium bodied and chalky in the mouth with a bright acidic finish.
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.
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
Was very surprised by this wine, smooth, balanced, great everyday wine!
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
Smooth, balanced, quite good. Will buy again.
External Reviews for Black Box Merlot Sonoma County
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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