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2015 Blackbird Vineyards US Red Blend "Arise"

Blackbird 2015 Arise

Winery: Blackbird Vineyards

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Arise"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 37% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon & 14% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $54

Cases produced: 967

KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: January 3, 2019

Wine Review: This midnight black colored wine from Blackbird is hearty. It opens with a fragrant black currant bouquet with a hint of blueberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and displays ripe fruit flavors. Those fruit flavors are a blackberry and black tea blend with notes of oak and black currant. I also detected hints of black pepper. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins are nicely prolonged. This wine would pair well with slow-cooked braised short ribs. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Arise's aromas of ripe blackberries, black currant, iris, forest floor, and clove are nothing short of charming, and just as every artist needs a muse, Arise is without a doubt the muse for Blackbird’s current collection. With flavors of licorice, black cherry, nutty fig, cocoa powder, and tobacco this wine has a richly layered mid-palate that is complimented by smooth tannins, good density, and a long, lingering finish.

Organic status: not organic

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