Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 131151
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WE94
  • WS92
  • ST92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

The 2010 Paramour offers exquisite aromas of blackberry, blueberry and mint. This authentic expression of Cabernet Franc showcases layers of chocolate and nutmeg and combines with fine-grained tannin and cedar overlay. The supple finish is round and balanced, providing persistent length of flavor. Paramour will continue to develop with time in the bottle for the next decade or more.

Critical Acclaim

"The soft voluptuousness of this Cabernet Franc-based Bordeaux blend is its most evident feature. It has plenty of staunch tannins, but they’re as finely woven as a silk tapestry, while the flavors are dazzling, suggesting black cherries, red currants and hints of dark chocolate and anise. Kudos to winemaker Aaron Pott for this remarkable blend from all around the valley. "
94 Points

"Subtle black cherry, black licorice and floral scents extend onto the palate. Elegant, graceful, deftly balanced young wine that retains focus and persistence. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon."
92 Points

"good bright medium ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits, dark chocolate, roast coffee and menthol, with a hint of violet and a strong element of chocolatey oak. Then plush and deep but youthfully unevolved, with blueberry and licorice flavors complicated by a faint leafy quality. This very rich wine opened beautifully in the glass to show building sweetness. The broad, serious tannins saturate the entire palate on the very long aftertaste.

Score: 92+ Points"
92 Points

"The dense purple-colored 2010 Proprietary Red Paramour (41% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon) is slightly more restrained aromatically, displaying blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, a full-bodied, fleshy, voluptuous character, and plenty of richness. However, it appears less evolved than the Arise or Illustration. Give it another 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 10-12 years.

Score: 90+ Points"
90 Points

Learn About Blackbird Vineyards Map ItMap It

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.')

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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