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2016 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian

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Contrarian

Available Only Through Membership or at RiverHouse

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.

"Complex and expressive with aromas of black currant, cherry and black périgold truffle, Contrarian is ripe to impress with its notable density, tight tannins and illustrious texture. With a long finish of black licorice, blackberries, plum and toffee, the vintage evolves tremendously on the palate. This wine is captivating now and will continue to develop in the cellar for another 15 years." Winemaker, Aaron Pott
Complex and expressive with aromas of black currant, cherry and black périgold truffle, Contrarian is ripe to impress with its notable density, tight tannins and illustrious texture. With a long finish of black licorice, blackberries, plum and toffee, the vintage evolves tremendously on the palate. This wine is captivating now and will continue to develop in the cellar for another 15 years.
Blend 64% Cabernet Sauvignon - 29% Cabernet Franc - 7% Merlot
Harvest Fall 2016
Release Spring 2019
Barrel Regime 21 months in French oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol 14.1 %
Production 64 barrels
Optimum Drinking 2019 - 2035
Release Price $135.00 per 750ml bottle

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Wine Advocate
93+ Points
"Blended of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Contrarian Proprietary Red reveals notes of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and red plums with touches of red roses, black tea, tilled soil and tobacco. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers intense red and black fruit layers with plenty of earthy sparks and a grainy frame, finishing long and refreshing."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Jeb Dunnuck
93+ Points
"This deep purple-colored effort checks in as 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Merlot. It offers plenty of classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon flair in its blue fruits, graphite, licorice, and mineral-laced aromas and flavors. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, has a straight, focused style, terrific purity, and building tannins. It's going to require 4-6 years of bottle age and will drink nicely for 15+ years or more."
Jeb Dunnuck
JamesSuckling.com
93 Points
"A juicy and rich red with lots of fruit and polished yet fine tannins. Medium to full body and tight, focused fruit. Delicious now. Why wait? A blend of 64 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 29 per cent cabernet franc and seven per cent merlot."
JamesSuckling.com
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
93 Points
"The 2016 Contrarian is a bold, powerful wine. Beams of Cabernet tannin give the 2016 its shape and overall feel. Sage, lavender, menthol, licorice, spice and leather add shades of nuance. Potent and also structured, the 2016 needs time in bottle to shed some of its tannin. Contrarian is Blackbird's Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni

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*Wine Options *Minimum Annual Quantity *Guaranteed Bottle Pricing (as of January 2019)
Illustration     6     $135
Paramour     6     $135
Contrarian     6     $135
Arise     12     $58
Dissonance     24     $32
Arriviste     24     $28

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