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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red (half-bottle) 2009
Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red (half-bottle) 2009
(search item no. 122611)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Arise reveals an arresting perfume of cherry, blackberry, fig, and cedar. Aged in French Oak barrels for 21 months, the chewy mid-palate presents enticing flavors of plum and spice within structured layers of red fruit. Blackbird's 2009 vintage wines showcase grapes farmed with an ideal hang time, offering wines with bright flavors, balanced sugars, and acidity. Drinking well upon release, Arise will age beautifully with time in the cellar.
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About Blackbird Vineyards:

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. (Fittingly, 'Merlot' is French patois for 'Little Blackbird.')