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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2008
Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2008
(search item no. 108332)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $48.99

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
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 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:

42% Merlot
38% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Cabernet Franc.

The 2008 Arise welcomes you with complex aromatics of cherry, plum, bacon, tobacco, and subtle mint. Aged in French Oak barrels for 19 months, the well-integrated palate presents enticing flavors of cedar, earth, and toffee within multiple layers of rich, black fruits. Elegantly balanced with supple tannins, the mouthfeel is velvety and leads to a fine cocoa finish. 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.')