Blackbird Vineyards Arise Proprietary Red Wine 2016, 750 ml, Napa Valley, California

2016 vintage – 55% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot The 2014 Arise entices with aromas of black currant, freshly-picked summer blackberries, cedar stick, and roasted clove. With flavors of licorice, pipe tobacco, Bing cherry, and nutty fig, this wine has a richly layered mid-palate that is complimented by soft texture, good density, and a long, lingering finish.
Aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 50% new, 50% seasoned. Blackbird Vineyard is located in the Oak Knoll District, Blackbird’s estate vineyard, with clay soils underlaid by gravel, is an ideal site for Merlot. The region’s cool nights preserve acidity in the fruit, providing natural balance.