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Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon Honest Review: I Tried Every Boxed Wine So You Don’t Have To

Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon

My honest review of Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon.

This is a series of posts designed to help you choose the right boxed wine for you. No one would ever pay me to write about this, so you can rest assured my opinions are unbiased.

Overall value of the wine is primarily graded by taste and the number of ice cubes needed to make it drinkable. Wines are rated on a grading scale of F to A+.

So join me as I suffer through three liters of every Black Box, Bota, Barefoot, etc and take myself way too seriously.

Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon Honest Review

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As easy to pour and open as any other Black Box and with the same design, but with a red border for those who don’t automatically know the color of Cabernet Sauvignon. I imagine these are the same people who will be very disappointed to find out that Sauvignon Blanc is in fact not green, as indicated by its Black Box label.

Tastes Like

A light, VERY fruity Cabernet with notes of dark purple and red fruits on the attack. Mellows out into a slight burnt coffee roastiness at the finish.

There’s sort of some bell pepper as well, but it’s so fruity that this element is barely detectable.

The aftertaste is a little bit cardboard-y, which to be fair, is to be expected with Black Box wines.

# of Ice Cubes Needed

It significantly benefits from ice, so 1 to 3 just to give it a slight chill and so you can taste less of it. Do not drink this room temp or it will linger in your mouth like stale e-cig smoke.

Food Pairings

Meh… it’s so fruit-punchy it verges on being off-dry, but it’s not quite there. If you’re dead-set on making this a food wine, try it with a berry tart, blackberry pie, or just some uber salty chips.

Overall Value: B

Over the time we spent together, this box really grew on me. It’s definitely not the worst Cabernet Sauvignon, and it significantly improves when you add an ice cube. I think I would even buy it again. What is happening to me??

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