A fantastic wine at a great price
I have read the reviews and I feel that some are snobs and gave this a bad wrap. I just tried this wine last night and went out and bought a case today. It has a full body and a nice finish. I have not had a Cab/Mer that I have enjoyed this much in a long time so for all you wine snobs out there step down off your soapbox and enjoy a good wine..ha ha... no really sometimes you have to just learn to enjoy a lower priced wine. I have had expensive wines that didn't tast that good.
I just bought a bottle of the 2010 Cab/Merlot, and I have to say it's my new favorite! It's so smooth, and not oaky. Just a delightful, fruity wine that could pair well with meats or just cheese and crackers. Love it!
I have been drinking this wine for over five years and it is clearly the best cab/merlot, at this price, anywhere. Total wine offers the best price for this tasty wine.
Great wine for the price
This isn't the best wine I've ever tasted but it is DEFINITELY the best at this price point. Nice and smooth and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm as it does in many reds at this price. Try it, worst case you only have $6 to lose.
Excellent Red for price.
Excellent red for %5.89...should always have some on hand along with Black Opal Shiraz-Cab.
WOW at this price
Though this is not truly a 4 star wine on it's own, when you consider price it becomes a fantastic wine. I serve this wine when we entertain large groups, and people are always shocked when they find out what it cost. If you are not a snob, and just like good wine, you will love Black Opal. More importantly, at 6.00 per bottle you can drink at will.
This is a super value for an every day wine for lunch and dinner. Consistent in its taste and with the new screw cap will never spoil.
Now, Now gentlemen
Let's not appear to be more sophistocated than we really are. If the gentleman appreciates this wine, that's his perogative. If you don't see the wine's value, so be it. Perhaps your palate is more attuned to a cold Bud and his to something more exotic like a nice Chamay Peres Trappistes. We all have our likes and dislikes. Give the man a break. Afterall, he probably won't be inviting you over so you can point out his shortcomings in his wine selection. Cheers gentlemen.
Pleasant taste, smooth and crisp
Well, I guess I'm not the "wine snob" like the gentlemen who left the comment above mine. I don't care about smell, I don't care about looks, I care about the "taste". After all, the purpose is to add flavor to the meal and the evening.
This is the best Merlot blend I've found under $20 a bottle. I'm stocking my wet bar.
Better Than Anticipated
by Thumper 12141604
Remarkable as it may sound, this $5.89 2007 Cab/Mer blend from Black Opal is surprisingly "good." There were none of the fatal off-putting flaws so often found in wines at this price point. It actually exhibits a few faint Cab and Merlot varietal berry and leather characteristics and qualities. It IS a tad hot on the slightly tart finish. But there are plenty of far more expensive wines with far less going for them. However, although this modest offering is the best red wine we've had at this price, it is not a four star wine by any measure. Pair with hard cheeses, rich stews and grilled meats.
For the investment of 6-9 dollars
You get what you pay for in most cases...no pun intended.
For the price this entry is not outstanding but still enjoyable and a great start for those who wish to experience wine on a budget.
For the money spent I personally feel it is a good wine. Notice I said "personally" meaning my opinion and not all will agree so keep in mind these ratings are all opinionated. Try it yourself. For 6-9 dollars you havent lost anything in comparison to other high dollar varieties.
Excellent every-day dinner wine
I think this cab-merlot is an excellent compliment to any red meat or pasta dish. I'll never hesitate to open a bottle for dinner with the wife or close friends. Granted, it won't have the characteristics an "experienced" wine drinker is looking for, but they probably shouldn't be searching in the $6.00 price range now should they? I rate it 3.5 stars.
Picking wine and race horses
Picking and liking a wine is kind of like picking a thoroughbred you think will win a race at certain odds. I liked the flavor of this wine very much the first time I tried it. I bought more later and noticed some inconsistency in flavor. Race horses are also inconsistent. Take a chance on this wine and the odds are good that you will like for the price. Wines do not have to be expensive to be to my liking.
Decent value but you could do better
This wine is a decent value but I think you could do better for the money. Once you have tasted wines from other regions I think you'll find the same.
Not sure about Black Opal - RB
In all fairness, I did not let this bottle breath for a full 30 min. Not much aroma, beautiful blackberry color, not smooth, the acidity and tannins dominate the flavor. It's not very pleasing to the palate and obviously I would not buy it again.