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2012 Blackbird Vineyards Rose "Arriviste"

Blackbird 2012 Arriviste Rose

Winery: Blackbird Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Arriviste"

Wine Category: Rose

Grape blend: 38% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 26% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $25

Cases produced: 2,100

KWG Score: 89.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: April 2, 2013

Wine Review: This dark pink colored Rose opens an apple and tangerine like bouquet with a hint of wet stone. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and nicely balanced between its acidity and fruit. The flavor profile is a mineral infused tangerine with hints of strawberry and a touch of white pepper and spice. The finish is dry and its residual mild acidity leaves you feeling refreshed. This Rose would be a pleasant summer wine and would pair well with chicken teriyaki skewers off the grill. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2012 Arriviste is a winsome, salmon red-colored rose of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. On the nose, strawberry and iris aromas meld with notes of savory spice. The wine displays enticing flavors of tart cherry and bright citrus on the mid-palate, carrying clean minerality and bright acidity on to the lingering finish. The 2012 Napa Valley growing season saw near-optimal conditions, allowing for an abundance of perfectly-ripe grapes with a smooth balance of acids and sugars, producing this spectacular rose.

Organic status: not organic

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