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Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Bordeaux Blend 2012

$112.99

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Blackberry and Plum on the forefront, with sweet oak influenced tones underneath. Dense and full-bodied, with just enough acidity to keep this blend of cabernet franc, sauvignon, and merlot in balance.

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Inspired by the great wines of Pomerol, Micheal Polenske bought a small vineyard in the heart of the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley, with the sole intention of producing great wines from Merlot-based blends. He named this project Blackbird Vineyard after his grape of choice (Merlot being French patois for "little blackbird"). Since the first Vintage in 2003 (a mere 90 cases) the wines have received critical acclaim and have been consumed voraciously by a small group of loyal fans.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 91
"The 2012 Proprietary Red Contrarian (an equal part blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc) is slightly more structured. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, licorice, lead pencil shavings, vanillin and spice. Made in a fuller-bodied, more structured and masculine style, it should drink well 2016-2028." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 90
"Marked by a rustic mix of dusty herb and cedar notes, this features a firm core of dark berry, savory and loamy flavors, but the fruit pushes through on the finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2027."

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot , Other Regional Grapes , Red Blend

  • Vintage

    2012

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Oaky

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied