Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red 2013
Wine EnthusiastThis is a Merlot-dominant blend, with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc blended in. It offers cooler-climate elements of dried herb, cedar and currant, with the tannins sleek and polished. The finish flirts with a taste of coconut. Drink now through 2021.
Wine SpectatorWell-structured but tightly wound, with aromas of red currant and bittersweet chocolate and flavors of cherry, olive and black tea. Finishes with firm tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2022. 6,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThese proprietary wines tend to be various blends of Bordeaux varietals, with the 2013 Proprietary Red Arise a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. The wine, which comes from multiple vineyards such as the Stagecoach and Crocker vineyards, offers up loads of earthy, dusty notes, a touch of herbaceousness, cocoa, black cherry and berry fruit, honeyed, lively fruit, decent acidity and a long finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.