Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red Blend 2016 750ML
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Harvested, vinified, and aged with an identical commitment to quality as our principal wines, this classic Napa blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon expresses luscious flavors that can only come from exceptional fruit.
"Ideal harvest conditions allowed for long macerations in the tanks, extracting perfectly ripe fruit and integrated tannins from these diverse Bordeaux varietals from over twenty vineyard lots."Winemaker, Aaron Pott
This classic Napa blend is primarily comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It’s elegance and purity
of flavor come from exceptional vineyards, minimal winemaking intervention, a deep understanding of the nuanced interplay
of wine and oak, and countless hours of tasting.
"Plum, cherry, pomegranate, tobacco, forest floor, nutmeg, black pepper, blood orange zest in a very integrated yet complex nose. Good mid palate richness with blackberry jam, plum and cherry, tobacco and earthy notes, tannins are plush and rich. The wine ends with good length, finishing with crushed strawberries, plum jam and milk chocolate."Winemakers, Aaron Pott & Kyle Mizuno
Blend 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 8% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot Harvest Fall 2019 Release February 2022 Barrel Regime 21 months in French oak barrels - 50% new, 50% seasoned Alcohol 14.1 % Production 160 barrels
92 Points/Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Arise Proprietary Red is a blend of 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with fragrant black cherries, black raspberries and warm plums scents with hints of underbrush, dried herbs, raspberry leaves and spice box. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled in the mouth, the palate has great vivacity with a grainy texture and long, lively finish.
The 2016 Arise is a very pretty wine. Lifted and floral, with lovely brightness from the Cabernet Franc in the blend, the 2016 is super-expressive today. Bright red cherry, rose petal and mint notes add freshness to this attractive, mid-weight red from Blackbird. Drink to 2024.
90 Points/Wine Spectator
Big and ripe, with good cut to the notes of dried green herbs that accent the dark plum, dried berry and chocolate nib flavors. The lithe finish offers lively minerality. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.