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Blackbird Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll Contrarian 2007

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Arise captures the charming essences of Napa Valley's unique terroir. Harvested, vinified, and barrel aged with an identical commitment to quality and excellence as our core wines, every vintage of this sister label Bordeaux-inspired blend is hand-tuned to express the luscious flavor profiles and lithe structure that only comes from exceptional fruit.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Oak Knoll

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Blackbird Vineyards:
Founded in 2003 by Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District—a region appreciated for its moderate climate and deep, gravelly soils. The vineyard’s valley floor topography presents optimum growing conditions for consulting winemaker Sarah Go... Read more
Founded in 2003 by Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District—a region appreciated for its moderate climate and deep, gravelly soils. The vineyard’s valley floor topography presents optimum growing conditions for consulting winemaker Sarah Gott and winemaker Aaron Pott to produce elegantly styled, appropriately balanced red wines that offer short and long term cellaring potential. Limited quantities are available through an allocated mailing list direct from the winery and in the finer restaurants and hotels around the world. Blackbird Vineyards is closed to the public but its portfolio of wines can be tasted at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley in Yountville, CA. www.maisonry.com Read less

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4.50 5
02/12/2010

Luscious deep blackberry fruit with violets grace the nose. The wine is silky smooth, with warm spice and dried raisin flavors, and perks up with fresh lively acidity on the finish, melting into cocoa and a bit of oak.

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4.00 5
02/12/2010

Bright cherry nose, smooth and juicy wine, with a very nice acidic palate, some medicine, cherry cola, chocolate, and some oak.

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
02/12/2010

berry-filled aromas, some dried dark cherries, currants and plums, round and silkier, fairly complex and high concentration of fruit, deep tannin structure, enjoyable finish


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.00 5
02/24/2011

had this again at a pairing dinner and was wonderful all over again!


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
02/12/2010

filled with berry aromas, blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, rose tips and hints of milk chocolate. the palate is fruit forward with chocolaty notes and hearty earth


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.00 5
04/02/2010

my second time around and just as amazing as the first. loads of berries on the nose, dark fruit, black berries, currants, lots of complexity and concentration of fruit on the palate, beautifully balanced


Snooth User: Philip James
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5.00 5
04/12/2010

I continue to love this wine: big and tannic, with blackberries on the nose. Cedar and leather notes, yet smooth with beautiful hints of green eucalyptus. Rich and powerful on the finish


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External Reviews for Blackbird Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll Contrarian

External Review
11/25/2010

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2007 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 750ml


External Review
12/14/2010

A sensational effort, the 2007 Paramour reveals the most saturated purple color of any of these wines. A blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses abundant notes of graphite, ink, spicy oak, creme de cassis, plu... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2007 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour 750ml


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11/23/2010

Another noteworthy offering is the 2007 Contrarian, a blend of 46% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps the most concentrated of these wines (although this is splitting hairs), this dense 2007 offers loads of licorice, blac... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2007 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian 750ml


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01/15/2011

#51 on Top 100 of 2010; A spectacular wine that gets better and better with every sip. It's dramatic from the get-go, with rich, fine tannins framing extraordinarily good flavors of blackberries, black currants, anise, dark chocolate and cedar. Super... Wine Enthusiast. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2007 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 750ml



Arise captures the charming essences of Napa Valley's unique terroir. Harvested, vinified, and barrel aged with an identical commitment to quality and excellence as our core wines, every vintage of this sister label Bordeaux-inspired blend is hand-tuned to express the luscious flavor profiles and lithe structure that only comes from exceptional fruit.

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