Optimal with decanting, this elegant, full-bodied wine unfolds with aromatic notes of black cherry, toffee, cocoa powder, iris flower, and subtle leather. Upon entry, the rich, focused core, with its boastful concentration, leads to intense flavors of brambled berries and roasted meat. Framed by persistent acidity and an elegant structure, the finish illustrates the wine's longevity.
Blend: 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
86% Merlot; 11% Cabernet Franc; 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. It may well be that this ripe, lavishly oaked offering will outgrow its imposing, latter-palate astringency, for it leads with plenty of sweet black-cherry fruit and shows a nice flash of Merlot roundness before toughening and drawing up short at the finish. High richness compensates well for its evident heat, but enormous patience and great faith in the wine's future are required to take the plunge here.
Shows lovely structure and finesse, offering currant and green olive aromas and appealing plum, sage and toasty vanilla notes that linger on the long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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.')