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2016 Blackbird Arise

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Harvested, vinified, and aged with an identical commitment to quality as our principal wines, this classic Napa blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon expresses luscious flavors that can only come from exceptional fruit.

"Ideal harvest conditions allowed for long macerations in the tanks, extracting perfectly ripe fruit and integrated tannins from these diverse Bordeaux varietals from over twenty vineyard lots." Winemaker, Aaron Pott
The 2016 Arise offers a rich attack with sweet, plush tannins and notes of cherry, plum, and smoked duck in a long finish of coffee, plum, and blueberry. An ideal 2016 harvest season resulted in rich fruit of uncompromised character. The 2016 Arise is Blackbird at its core of supple winemaking.
Blend 55% Merlot - 25% Cabernet Franc - 17% Cabernet Sauvignon - 3% Petit Verdot
Vineyard Location 20+ lots from the Napa Valley mountain tops, hillsides, bench lands and valley floor vineyards.
Harvest Fall 2016
Release Fall 2018
Barrel Regime 21 months in French Oak barrels - 50% new, 50% seasoned
Alcohol 14.1 %
Production 236 barrels
Optimum Drinking 2018 - 2028
Release Price $58.00 per 750ml bottle

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Wine Advocate
92 Points
"The 2016 Arise Proprietary Red is a blend of 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with fragrant black cherries, black raspberries and warm plums scents with hints of underbrush, dried herbs, raspberry leaves and spice box. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled in the mouth, the palate has great vivacity with a grainy texture and long, lively finish."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
91 Points
"The 2016 Arise is a very pretty wine. Lifted and floral, with lovely brightness from the Cabernet Franc in the blend, the 2016 is super-expressive today. Bright red cherry, rose petal and mint notes add freshness to this attractive, mid-weight red from Blackbird."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator Magazine
90 Points
"Big and ripe, with good cut to the notes of dried green herbs that accent the dark plum, dried berry and chocolate nib flavors. The lithe finish offers lively minerality. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022."
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator Magazine
January 2019

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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

*Applies to current vintage offerings only. Library wines excluded.

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