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2007 Blackbird Vineyards US Red Blend "Arise"

Blackbird 2007 Arise

Winery: Blackbird Vineyards

Vintage: 2007

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Arise"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, & 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 772

KWG Score: 93 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: October 23, 2009

Wine Review: This opaque dark purple colored wine opens with a fragrant black currant and bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a blend of juicy blackberry and dusty black cherry with notes of integrated old oak. The finish is dry and its moderate vanilla oak tannins are noticeable and initially stick around for quite some time. If you get a chance to decant this young wine, it enhances it and will reward you with some elegance. Finally, this wine will pair extremely well with veal parmigianna at your favorite Italian restaurant. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2007 Arise reflects an aromatic nose of rhubarb, cherry, and wild raspberries. The approachable, yet dense palate is dominated by red fruits, plum, and enticing smoky-savory notes. An inviting wine in its youth, Arise offers fine-grained tannins combined with impressive structure and balance. Drinking well upon release, Arise will also age beautifully with time in the cellar.

Organic status: not organic

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