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2012 Blackbird Paramour

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 233705-2012

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$95.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    A blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc (A­ la a St.-Emilion), the gorgeous 2012 Proprietary Red Paramour offers up notes of Christmas fruitcake, forest floor, mulberries, black cherries and currants. Full-bodied and beautifully fruity without a lot of weight, this is a beautiful example of a complex wine to drink over the next 10-12 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    This trim and focused version leads with dusty cedar and dried herb scents, with dark berry, mocha, licorice and spice notes, supported by fine-grained tannins and ending with a tapered finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: alshoh01
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

  • 91 bottles owned
  • 22 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 22 collectors)