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2010 Blackbird Vineyards US Red Blend "Arise"

Blackbird 2010 Arise

Winery: Blackbird Vineyards

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Arise"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 61% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 19% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 2,867

KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 3 reviews)

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

Review date: November 17, 2012

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored red blend opens with a pleasant black plum bouquet with a hint of blackberry, eucalyptus, and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth, and has a very nice mouthfeel. The flavor profile is an enjoyable black currant and plum blend with a hint of oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are sticky. The panel suggested that this wine would pair well with shirt ribs or beef stew. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2010 Arise exudes perfumes of cherry, blackberry, tobacco, and vanilla. Upon entry, the soft mouthfeel reveals flavors of black cherry, truffle, and subtle black olive which unfold into a succulent finish. The 2010 Napa Valley grape growing season presented fickle weather conditions due to the relatively cool spring coupled with unexpected heat spikes in late summer. The outcome was a lower-yielding harvest that produced supple wines with European-style texture and great complexity.

Organic status: not organic

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