2009 Blackbird Vineyards US Red Blend "Arise"
Winery: Blackbird Vineyards
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Arise"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 53% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, & 22% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 2,800
KWG Score: 93 (based on 5 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)
Review date: November 9, 2011
Wine Review: This opaque and very dark ruby colored blend opens with a fragrant blackberry bouquet with a hint of black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, dense and juicy. It does develop nicely with some aeration. The flavor profile is plum and black currant blend with notes of blueberry and oak. There are also hints of raisin and black pepper towards the end. The finish is quite dry and its dusty tannins are sticky and linger for quite some time. This is a very big wine considering its cepage. I would pair it with a thick ribeye. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker 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.
Organic status: not organic
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