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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
(search item no. 121832)
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $84.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This intricately structured, full-bodied wine offers luscious aromas of raspberries and ripe blackberries complemented by a sweet, elegant ribbon of mocha. On the generous palate, layers of black currant, blood orange, and subtle tobacco give way to a fleshy, sweet tannin finish. This wine is beautifully balanced, offering a rich intensity that will further develop 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.')