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2014 Blackbird - Contrarian

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 93 WA
  • 85 WS
  • 91 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 295471-2014-750-3A
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 91

    A juicy and linear red with brambleberry and cedar character. Medium body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Back in form. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Another stunner is the 2014 Proprietary Red Contrarian, dominated by its 81% Cabernet Sauvignon followed by 13% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. This exhibits classic tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, forest floor, Christmas fruitcake, cedarwood and a touch of new saddle leather. It is full-bodied, powerful, rich, concentrated and yet soft enough to drink now or be cellared for another 15-20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 85

    Dusty, savory herb and gravelly earth notes show at the core, rending a dried berry and underbrush quality that comes up short on depth and complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 93

    The 2014 Contrarian is deep, powerful and fleshy, with a good core of fruit and terrific overall balance. The mid-weight style of the year comes through in a relatively soft wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Inky red and purplish fruits, herbs, tobacco and cedar add the closing shades of nuance.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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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

    • 36 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors