Black Box Wines

Robert Biale Vineyard

Black Chicken Napa Valley Zinfandel 2004

Nose has cherry liqueur, blackberry liqueur damp-dried leaves, forest moss, fresh ground French roast coffee beans and crushed fresh blackberries.

Palate has ripe black cherry, blackberry compote, chocolate brownie corner, wet leather with mild tannins and dry earth on a long finish.

Decanted 60m at time of notes, but continuing to unfold in the Gabriel-Glas.

The oldest vintage of Black Chicken in our cellar; acquired from the winery in April 2006. A good wine to pair with making a massive batch of BBQ sauce today for canning, something to sip while the aroma penetrates our house (usually lasts 2-3D 🤦🏻‍♂️) but we'll happily be enjoying sauce well into 2023.
(Biale is performing better then a 2004 Rosenblum opened alongside today.)
— 13 days ago

Shay, Ming and 24 others liked this

Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Deep tawny color with a red, scarlet center. Opaque. Earthy nose with notes of red and black fruits, leather saddle, cuban cigar and some dry brush. Silky and smooth in the mouth. In a great spot. — 4 days ago

Andrew, Eric and 19 others liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah

2006 vintage. The first vintage for Caroline Frey to be in charge. This shows beautifully now for a wine that was totally underrated by Robert Parker on release.While it may not have the depth and power of the greatest vintages of this iconic wine, this 2006 is a terrific wine in it's own right. Complex nose with spices, black fruit, tobacco and cedar. In the mouth it is beautifully balanced with bright acidity embracing layers of black fruit and spices and velvety tannin. Impressive length too. Abv. 14%. — 24 days ago

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Celler Cecilio

Black Slate La Vilella Alta Vi de la Vila Priorat Garnacha Blend 2018

J. Kim
9.0

The oakiest of the 4 Black Slates. Also has the uniquely ethereal minerality combined with dense structure. — 16 days ago

Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Black berries with some fig paired with tea and sweet tobacco. Very nice. — 7 days ago

Marilea Campomizzi
with Marilea

Château Latour

Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

Delectable Wine
10

The 1982 Latour is the most consistent of the First Growths in this auspicious vintage. Tasted from both bottle and magnum in the UK in recent months, this note comes from an ex-château magnum tasted at a private dinner in Bordeaux. It exudes class and majesty on the nose with its copious but brilliantly focused black fruit laced with cedar and graphite. To use a phrase I have written before, it is blue-blooded...regal. That comes through on a palate that has a haunting symmetry and a killer finish that is brilliantly defined and audaciously long, graphite lingering on the aftertaste. Quite simply, claret does not come better than this. Tasted at a private dinner in Bordeaux. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2022)
— 11 hours ago

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1981

Dark rubi robe with a hint of brick color on the rim, nose of crushed flowers, cigar box, tobacco and blackcurrant, medium bodied, complex, elegant, fresh and balanced, ready to drink but will for sure last a fee decades more. Great bottle and we are happy we bought others :) — a day ago

Adriana Pagliano
with Adriana
Adriana, Ira and 10 others liked this
Adriana Pagliano

Adriana Pagliano

Perfect for a special birthday celebration!

Château Léoville Barton

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

Burley, muscular style that seems to be close to maturity & holding up well. Notes of black fruit, iron, cedar, leather & tobacco notes — 4 hours ago

Severn, Eric and 4 others liked this

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

Delectable Wine
9.8

The 1982 Lafite-Rothschild is a wine I have drunk several times, though maybe this is the first time in magnum. It is deeply impressive. Deep in colour, it has a classic Pauillac nose with intense black fruit mixed with pencil shavings and black truffles. It simply oozes class. The palate is very well balanced with finely-chiselled tannins, spellbinding definition and immense, dare I say it, almost "Latour-like" stature on the persistent finish. Magnificent. Tasted at the 1982 Dinner at Hatched. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2022)
— 11 hours ago