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2016 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour

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Paramour

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750ml
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$135.00
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1.5L
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$300.00
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3.0L
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$600.00
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Blackbird Vineyards’ Paramour possesses both sensuality and commanding structure. Cabernet Franc and
Merlot have a fragile but irresistible chemistry that flourishes when climate, soils, and seasons align. Paramour
reveals the passion and harmony embodied in this love affair.

"With a bright approach of blueberry, black cherry, cedar, porcini mushrooms, and mint, the wine shines on the nose of this Cabernet Franc dominant blend. Wonderful richness of violets, plum and chocolate and gives way to tight grain tanins with a supple finish on the palate. This wine is captivating and will continue to develop gracefully with long term aging in the cellar." Winemaker, Aaron Pott
With a bright approach of blueberry, black cherry, cedar, porcini mushrooms, and mint, the wine shines on the nose of this Cabernet Franc dominant blend. Wonderful richness of violets, plum and chocolate and gives way to tight grain tanins with a supple finish on the palate. This wine is captivating and will continue to develop gracefully with long term aging in the cellar.
Blend 82% Cabernet Franc - 15% Merlot - 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Fall 2016
Release Spring 2019
Barrel Regime 21 months in French oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol 14.1 %
Production 63 barrels
Optimum Drinking 2019 - 2035
Release Price $135.00 per 750ml bottle

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Wine Advocate
94 Points
"Composed of 82% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Paramour Proprietary Red is deep garnet-purple colored and features notes of tar, tilled black soil, fungi and oolong tea over a core of red and black currants, black raspberries and crushed plums. Medium-bodied with a chewy, stewed tea-laced frame, it delivers loads of bright, refreshing flavors and a quiet, earthy intensity on the finish."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
94 Points
"The 2016 Paramour is one of the best wines I have tasted from Blackbird. Dark, succulent and inviting, the 2016 possesses terrific depth and nuance. Chocolate, black cherry, spice, new leather and menthol build in this racy, vibrant Cabernet Franc-based blend. Most of this fruit is sourced from Stagecoach, Hudson and Crocker Starr."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
Jeb Dunnuck
93+ Points
"Deep purple-colored, with fabulous complexity in its blackberry, cherry, strawberry, incense, and floral aromas and flavors, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, tight, and straight on the palate. Very much in the style of the other 2016s from this estate, it has enough structure to require 3-5 years of bottle age and should be long-lived."
Jeb Dunnuck

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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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