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2014 Contrarian

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Contrarian

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750ml
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$150.00
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1.5L
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$330.00
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3.0L
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Contrarian flies in the face of our own conventions. Emboldened by Cabernet Sauvignon, Contrarian possesses Blackbird's signature aromatic richness alongside bold tannins that draw a striking contrast to the rest of the flock.

"Bold and expressive with aromas of black cherry, fresh cracked pepper, and bay leaves, Contrarian is sure to impress. Notes of black currant, blackberry, salted caramel, and sweet herbs are complimented by intrepid tannins that carry through to a long, lingering finish. This wine is stunning now and will continue to develop with time in the cellar." Winemaker, Aaron Pott
Bold and expressive with aromas of black cherry, fresh cracked pepper, and bay leaves, Contrarian is sure to impress. Notes of black currant, blackberry, salted caramel, and sweet herbs are complimented by intrepid tannins that carry through to a long, lingering finish. This wine is stunning now and will continue to develop with time in the cellar.
Blend 81% Cabernet Sauvignon - 13% Merlot - 6% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Fall 2014
Release Spring 2017
Barrel Regime 21 months in French Oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol 14.5 %
Production 40 barrels
Optimum Drinking 2017 - 2030
Release Price $135 per 750ml bottle

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Purely Domestic Wine Report
95 Points
"Notable color saturation. The nose is bold, intense with black currant, underlying licorice and dried black cherry. The palate is seductively polished on entry with a core of firm black fruit that is effortlessly integrated into a powerful profile that defines this wine."
Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report
Wine Advocate
93 Points
"Another stunner is the 2014 Proprietary Red Contrarian, dominated by its 81% Cabernet Sauvignon followed by 13% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. This exhibits classic tobacco leaf, crème de cassis, forest floor, Christmas fruitcake, cedarwood and a touch of new saddle leather. It is full-bodied, powerful, rich, concentrated and yet soft enough to drink now or be cellared for another 15-20 years."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
93 Points
"The 2014 Contrarian is deep, powerful and fleshy, with a good core of fruit and terrific overall balance. The mid-weight style of the year comes through in a relatively soft wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Inky red and purplish fruits, herbs, tobacco and cedar add the closing shades of nuance."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
January 2017
Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
93 Points
"While young Cabernet can be rich and effusively fruity, complexity and discrete layering are more typically traits for which one has to wait, but this compelling, very deep and wonderfully well-extracted wine already shows a good deal of each. That is not to say that it is ready to drink, and, in fact, it is anything but, yet for all of its considerable substance and concentration, it hints at polish even now. Make no mistake, it is one for the cellar, even though it is remarkably expressive, and is structured for a decade of growth, and, if waiting will not come easy, patience will be rewarded with manifold pleasures only hinted at just now."
Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
August 2017

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*Wine Options *Minimum Annual Quantity *Guaranteed Bottle Pricing (as of March 2017)
Illustration     6     $135
Paramour     6     $135
Contrarian     6     $135
Arise     12     $54
Dissonance     24     $32
Arriviste     24     $28

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