International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(41% cabernet franc, 36% merlot and 23% cabernet sauvignon): Good bright medium ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits, dark chocolate, roast coffee and menthol, with a hint of violet and a strong element of chocolatey oak. Then plush and deep but youthfully unevolved, with blueberry and licorice flavors complicated by a faint leafy quality. This very rich wine opened beautifully in the glass to show building sweetness. The broad, serious tannins saturate the entire palate on the very long aftertaste.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2013
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 89A Napa cabernet with bright fruit character, fine tannins and a juicy finish. Slightly unfocused now but should come together better in a year or two: Try in 2016.Author: James Suckling
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Subtle black cherry, black licorice and floral scents extend onto the palate. Elegant, graceful, deftly balanced young wine that retains focus and persistence. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.Drink Dates: 2013-2024Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The dense purple-colored 2010 Proprietary Red Paramour (41% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon) is slightly more restrained aromatically, displaying blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, a full-bodied, fleshy, voluptuous character, and plenty of richness. However, it appears less evolved than the Arise or Illustration. Give it another 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 10-12 years.Drink Dates: 2013-2025Author: Robert Parker
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
- 53 bottles owned
- 18 collectors