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2016 Blackbird Vineyards Arise

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June 2, 2024 - $36



92The Wine Advocate

...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.

91Vinous / IWC

...very pretty wine. Lifted and floral, with lovely brightness from the Cabernet Franc in the blend...super-expressive today. Bright red cherry, rose petal and mint notes add freshness to this attractive, mid-weight red from Blackbird.

90Wine Spectator

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.


Blackbird Vineyards

Blackbird Vineyards was founded in 1999 as a vineyard providing grapes to Napa winemakers. In 2003 it was purchased by Michael Polenske who started making and selling Blackbird wines. The wines are generally Merlot or Cabernet Franc-based and inspired by the great wines of the Pomerol, and in fact the word “merlot” is French slang for “little blackbird.” Polenske is an entrepreneur with financial interests in restaurants, wineries and other parts of the leisure and hospitality industries. The 10-acre Oak Knoll District vineyard is planted 100% to Merlot. There are additional vineyards in Carneros, St. Helena and other parts of Napa Valley. Blackbird wines often earn ratings in the 90s. Wine Spectator called the 2010 Paramour “elegant, graceful, deftly balanced.”


United States, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll

Oak Knoll AVA is one of Napa Valley’s newest appellations, having received that status in 2004. Located on the southern end of Napa Valley, the appellation is close to San Pablo Bay and therefore relatively cool. Of the 8,300 acres within the appellation, 4,150 are vineyards. The principal grapes grown are Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Locals like to call Oak Knoll “the sweet spot” thanks to its location between the San Pablo Bay and its maritime climate and the much hotter climate of Napa Valley’s floor.