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2009 Blackbird - Contrarian Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

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DW 93
IWC 92
WS 88
Drink Dates
DW: 2012-2022 WS: 2012-2020
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 162

(41% cabernet franc, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 24% merlot; 4.03 pH): Bright red-ruby. Crushed blackberry, licorice and violet on the nose and palate. Denser than the Illustration and a bit less forthcoming today, offering a firm structure and serious tongue-dusting tannins. This very rich, long wine comes across as much more vibrant than its high pH would suggest. Impressive potential here.

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WS 88
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2012-2020

Firm and graceful, with dried berry, tar, sage and tobacco leaf flavors, fading on the finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 477 cases made.

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DW 93
Source purely domestic wine report
Issue 3
Drink Dates 2012-2022

Shows a dark, brooding nose of black fruits, chocolate and coffee leading to a palate of intensely extracted black fruit lavished in fine-grained tannins.

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