2009 Blackbird - Illustration 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Oak Knoll District/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2009 Blackbird - Illustration

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International Wine Cellar | 93

(81% merlot, 16% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon): Bright ruby-red. Sexy, vibrant aromas of black cherry, dark raspberry, cassis, chocolate and licorice. Densely packed and sharply delineated, boasting excellent intensity to its cherry, currant, spice and licorice flavors. Richer than the Arise, but without any impression of excess weight. This has a pH near 4 but a mineral element counters the impression of low acidity. The serious, mounting finish features firm but very fine tannins. Blackbird, whose wines are made by the talented Aaron Pott, describes itself as "an artisanal producer of Pomerol-inspired wines" and this beauty could be Exhibit A.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Spectator | 88

Dense and wound tightly, but with a core of lovely fruit at the center. Aromas of blackberry, olive and cedar lead to concentrated flavors of cherry, roasted sage and fresh earth. Tannins hold a grip for now. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink Dates: 2015-2019
Author: Tim Fish


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purely domestic wine report | 92

Blueberry and black currant in the nose, it shows a somewhat youthfully angular palate with polished black fruits in the core. Needs a year or two to open up more, as it is showing very primary at this stage.

Drink Dates: 2013-2022
Author: Doug Wilder
Issue: 3

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About This Producer


With the designation of Napa's fourteenth AVA in 2004, Oak Knoll District is now poised to bring forth the prominence and elegance of Merlot from this region. Perched to seize the day as Oak Knoll's foremost Merlot is Blackbird Vineyards, located in the heart of the district.

Since 1999, this former walnut orchard, first planted with 5717 vines two years earlier, has quietly provided fruit to many of Napa's finest winemakers, for whom it has yielded astonishing reviews and stellar scorings. Purchased by entrepreneur Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is now an ultra premium label in its own right.

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