Blackbird Vineyards Arise Proprietary Red Wine 2017, 750 ml, Napa Valley, California

2017 vintage – 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Verdot The 2017 Arise is lively and fruity with aromas of plum, nutmeg, vanilla, blackberry and coffee. Juicy notes awaken the palate with flavors of cherry and cola on first sip. A beautiful, medium bodied wine with bright ripe cherry, plum and blackberries on the mid palate. Finishes with coffee and strawberry with nice length. Aged 21 months in French oak, 50% new, 50% seasoned. Vineyards: Star Vineyard – Located in the heart of the legendary Rutherford appellation, Star Vineyard vines get wonderful sun
exposure which creates powerful, luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Stagecoach Vineyard – Atop the Vaca Mountains south of Pritchard Hill, the rocky, volcanic terroir of the Stagecoach Vineyard produces intense Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Crocker & Starr Vineyard – The Crocker & Starr Vineyard’s deep pocket of well-drained gravel creates aromatic Cabernet Franc with impressive structure and finesse.