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2011 Blackbird - Paramour

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 87 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 233705-2011-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    (71% cabernet franc, 19% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon): Bright, dark red. Aromas and flavors of redcurrant, plum, mocha, spicecake, pipe tobacco and dried flowers. Broad, silky and generous for the vintage though not in a particularly fruity style. Plenty of density and sappiness here, and a firm spine for mid-term aging. Obvious spicy oak on the back end.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Firm and spicy, this is elegantly balanced, with a dry streak of earthy and leathery notes amid the dark berry, espresso and cedar flavors, ending with a measure of restraint. Should only get better. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2026. 686 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2026
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    The dark plum/garnet/ruby-colored 2011 Proprietary Red Paramour exhibits its high percentage of Cabernet Franc (71%) blended with Merlot (19%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). Earthy, floral, underbrush and forest floor notes compete with some background plum and cherry fruit in this medium-bodied, slightly angular and austere 2011. Without the fatness and the sweet mid-palate of the 2010, the 2011 is very good, but its vintage character comes through.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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.

    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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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

    • 70 bottles owned
    • 17 collectors