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Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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4.2 16 Ratings
750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

With a bright approach of blueberry, black cherry, cedar, porcini mushrooms, and mint, the wine shines on the nose of this Cabernet Franc dominant blend. Wonderful richness of violets, plum and chocolate and gives way to tight grain tanins with a supple finish on the palate.

Blend: 82% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

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SJ 98
The Somm Journal

This Cab Franc– dominant blend (with 15% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon) shows beauty and grace. Dried brush and violets form an exquisite floral bouquet with an echo of earthy blackberry. Satiny, round, and voluptuous, with dusty dark-chocolate and roasted-coffee tannins, it fills the mouth with flavor while keeping the nose attracted to its perfume.

WW 95
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: I have often wondered in California could create some Right Bank magic? Since Cabernet Sauvignon has gone unchallenged for so long, how could Cabernet Franc measure up? The 2016 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour—made with 82% Cabernet Franc—is proof that the Golden State can do this. TASTING NOTES: This is a magnificent wine. Its beautiful and refined aromas and flavors of ripe black fruit and anise stay lovingly long on the palate. Pair it with a delicious Porchetta and enjoy the wizardry of exceptional winemaking. (Tasted: July 8, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 82% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Paramour Proprietary Red is deep garnet-purple colored and features notes of tar, tilled black soil, fungi and oolong tea over a core of red and black currants, black raspberries and crushed plums. Medium-bodied with a chewy, stewed tea-laced frame, it delivers loads of bright, refreshing flavors and a quiet, earthy intensity on the finish.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits

Aaron Pott selects the fruit for this wine from four vineyards: Shiflett in Yountville, Crocker & Starr in St. Helena, Hudson in Carneros and Stagecoach in the eastern hills. It’s mostly cabernet franc (82 percent), blended with merlot and a little cabernet sauvignon, the fruit dark and intense, with cumin-like spice, a blueberryliqueur note and round, honeyed sweetness. Plush and rich.

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Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Bordeaux-inspired wines from Napa Valley. Crafted by esteemed winemaker Aaron Pott, each wine in the portfolio is a true example of Blackbird’s ongoing commitment to quality and diversity of terroir by partnering with a selection of Napa Valley’s most prestigious vineyards. These include sites in high altitudes of Spring Mountain and Atlas Peak, the alluvial terrain of Saint Helena and the Oak Knoll district in Napa, and the cool climates of Carneros.  

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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