Wine Advocate | Rating: 92Drink Dates: 2015-2030Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92A big, compelling style, with loads of fresh earth, juicy blackberry, road tar, licorice and toasty oak flavors. Maintains an elegant weight for the size, ending long, deep and persistent. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.Drink Dates: 2016-2025Author: James Laube
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
- 36 bottles owned
- 12 collectors