The 2009 Arise reveals an arresting perfume of cherry, blackberry, fig, and cedar. Aged in French Oak barrels for 21 months, the chewy mid-palate presents enticing flavors of plum and spice within structured layers of red fruit. Blackbird's 2009 vintage wines showcase grapes farmed with an ideal hang time, offering
wines with bright flavors, balanced sugars, and acidity. Drinking well upon release, Arise will age beautifully with time in the cellar.
A glorious wine. Based on Merlot, with nearly equal parts of the two Cabernets, it's softly smooth and delicious right now. Totally bone dry, yet rich and sweet in cherries, berries, chocolate and cedar, it satisfies on every level. Editors' Choice
Smooth, sweet toasted oak and lovely, lush texture; generous and balanced with depth and good length
Bright, chewy and dry on the palate...This wine shows a lovely restrained sweetness and finishes with good shape and length.
Perched to seize the day as Oak Knoll's foremost Merlot is Blackbird Vineyards, located in the heart of the district. Since 1999, this former walnut orchard, first planted with 5717 vines two years earlier, has quietly provided fruit to many of Napa's finest winemakers, for whom it has yielded astonishing reviews and stellar scorings. Purchased by entrepreneur Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is now an ultra premium label in its own right. (Fittingly, 'Merlot' is French patois for 'Little Blackbird.')