International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($90; 50% merlot, 45% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon) Fresh red-ruby color. Tight nose offers cherry and plum fruit aromas complicated by minerals and licorice and lifted by a floral nuance that shows evidence of the cab franc. Juicy, spicy and high-pitched but youthfully tight and not yet expressing itself. This very nicely delineated, young wine finishes with firm tannins and excellent juicy precision.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93A 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, plums, and licorice. Impressively built, full-bodied, and exceptionally concentrated with an intriguing underlying minerality, it needs 3-4 years of cellaring, and will drink well over the following two decades.Drink Dates: 2012-2032Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86Dense and tightly wound, with black currant and fresh earth aromas and rich black cherry, fresh sage and spice flavors caught in a grip of firm, dusty and drying tannins. Needs time. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.Drink Dates: 2011+Author: Tim Fish
Anonymous | Rating: 93Author: cochrane78
Self | Rating: 89Author: Yamadori
Self | Rating: 92Author: Adriel L
Self | Rating: 90534 cases 14.5% alcohol, 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas: Lavender, cherry, pretty tightly wound at this stage Palate: firm, floral, cherry, graphite and toastAuthor: dougwilder
Self | Rating: 95Beautiful wine. Dark ruby colors and a nose that took about 30 minutes to open up. Thought it was corked at first but it was just starting to wake up. Decanted. After minute 45 it blossomed. Rich layered experience with lots of graphite, pencil shavings and creme de cassis. Deep rich soil earth as well. A little bit/tanginess occurred (which I assumed was a youth thing with this wine) but overall beautiful. Light/medium finish.Author: rdalehite
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.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 201 bottles owned
- 41 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 41 collectors)