This seductive rosť of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc exhibits a youthful, pink color. On the nose, cherry and red currant aromas complement enticing notes of strawberry, peach, and pear. The 2009 Arriviste displays a mid-palate that is rich and creamy and carries a bright acidity on to the lingering strawberry finish.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Surprisingly lithe for a Napa rose that’s made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It’s pretty dark in color, but feels fresh and clean, with penetrating raspberry jam, red currant and vanilla flavors. You could drink this on a hot summer evening with barbecued steak. (Sep 2013)
Purchased by Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is now an ultra premium label. Fittingly, the word 'Merlot' is French patois for 'little blackbird.' Blackbird Vineyards' winemaking team has handcrafted truly expressive wines with a focus on the varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery's portfolio reflects artisanal, terroir-driven wines of pedigree with each vintage. Blackbird Vineyards' approach to winemaking involves intensive, hands-on, "best practice" techniques to achieve the highest representation of terroir. These combined efforts serve to achieve wines of great complexity, richness of fruit, and overall distinction. Blackbird Vineyards is using sustainable farming methods.
"The 2012 Arriviste is a winsome, salmon red-colored rosi of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. On the nose, strawberry and iris aromas meld with notes of savory spice. The wine displays enticing flavors of tart cherry and bright citrus on the mid-palate, carrying clean minerality and bright acidity on to the lingering finish. The 2012 Napa Valley growing season saw near-optimal conditions, allowing for an abundance of perfect
|Composition Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
Vineyard Characteristics Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Vineyard is planted east to west, I is home to gravelly, clay loam soils. The Haire-type soil holds moisture deep in the ground, allowing Blackbird to be virtually dry-farmed.
|Since 1999, the Blackbird Vineyard (a former walnut orchard first planted with 5,717 Merlot vines in 1997), quietly provided fruit to many of Napa’s finest winemakers, for whom it yielded astonishing comments from Napa Valley veterans and noteworthy editorialists. Purchased by Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is now an ultra premium label in its own right. Fittingly, the word ’Merlot’ is French patois for ’little blackbird.’
An early harbinger of Blackbird’s potential arose when Mia Klein of Dalla Valle fame created a Blackbird Vineyard designate for her highly acclaimed 1999 Selene Merlot (no less than 95% of the fruit in the bottle must be from the named vineyard). Three of the top wine critics in the industry - Robert Parker, Stephen Tanzer, and Wine Spectator’s James Laube - scored this wine in the 90s.
Blackbird’s inaugural 2003 bottling, culled from a small crush of grapes that weren’t already claimed by other vintners was awarded 98 points by Vinfolio, proclaiming it, ”the best Merlot nobody had ever heard of.” ACME FINE WINES news was equally enthusiastic, saying, ”it is with wines like this that we never question why we are in this business.” Blackbird’s 2003 Merlot was also given a score of 95 points by Vintrust, which praised its complexity and richness, proclaiming it, ”hedonistic in length.”