Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
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.
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. -- Antonio Galloni
This proprietary blend is dominant in Merlot and Cabernet Franc, its tannins burly and cradled in sizable helpings of toasted oak. Juicy red fruit is seasoned in dried herb, clove and pencil shavings.