Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Savory, loamy earth, dried herb, cedar and cigar box notes frame the tight core of flavors, with dark berry, anise and dusty earth amid the core. Good but can't quite ignite to the next level. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.Drink Dates: 2016Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89The most backward of this quartet is the 2013 Proprietary Red Contrarian, a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. It sounds like a California version of the famous Chƒteau Figeac in St.-Emilion in terms of composition. The wine offers up notes of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, licorice, red and blackcurrants, and loamy soil undertones. Like so many 2013s, it has a dense color, terrific fruit, great acidity and ripe, sweet, well-integrated tannin. It should evolve nicely for 12-15+ years.Drink Dates: 2015-2030Author: 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
- 58 bottles owned
- 12 collectors