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Blackbird Vineyards

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2012 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian  (Oak Knoll) 91

This Right Bank Bordeaux blend is round, plush, polished, medium/full bodied with a big kiss of oak, licorice and sweet black cherries in a forward style.

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2011 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian  (Oak Knoll) 88

Soft, forward, open, ready to drink wine, with a strong herbal accent that will not please some tasters.

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2011 Blackbird Vineyards Arise  (Oak Knoll) 88

Blending From 61% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, this Right Bank Bordeaux blend is on the lighter side of the style range with a vanilla tinged black raspberry profile. Already open, drink this on the young side.

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2010 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration  (Oak Knoll) 91

Soft, and polished, the tannins are ripe and silky. The wine delivers sweet, black cherries in its open, round finish.

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2010 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour  (Oak Knoll) 91

Jammy black and red fruits, earth and dark chocolate aromas create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is led by blackberries and cocoa, with a polished feel to the texture. Already forward and approachable.

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2010 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian  (Oak Knoll) 92

Smoky, coffee bean, brown sugar and blackberry notes create the aromatics. Polished, soft and packed with sweet, ripe black plums, this should be better with a few years of age.

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2009 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration  (Oak Knoll) 92

From a blend of 81% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, that would be at home in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, the wine offers scents of coffee, smoke, blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry, lush textures and a long, sweet, ripe, fruit filled finish. This is already drinking well.

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2009 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour  (Oak Knoll) 91

Coffee bean, cassis and ripe black cherry notes open to a fresh, ripe, round, forward styled wine.

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2009 Blackbird Vineyards Arise  (Oak Knoll) 90

From a Bordeaux styled blend of 53% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is packed with licorice, black cherries, coffee and wet earth scents. Medium/full bodied, the wine ends with ripe, fresh, blackberries and plums. Give it a few years for the tannin to soften.

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2009 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian  (Oak Knoll) 92

Coffee bean, earthy jammy cherries, forest floor and spice box notes lead to a silky, soft, plush and polished expression of California Cabernet Sauvignon that ends with a sweet, fresh, forward red and black fruit filled finish.

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Coffee, licorice, black, red and blue fruits with smoke aromas open to a soft, plush, forward, oaky, blackberry filled finish. The wine was made from a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot and aged in 75% new oak for 21 months.

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2008 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration  (Oak Knoll) 90

From a blend of 75% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, Blackbird has fashioned a cassis, chocolate, licorice and herb filled with that ends with coffee, chocolate and blackberry sensations. 90 Pts

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2007 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration  (Oak Knoll) 91

70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, 5% malbec and 5% cabernet sauvignon make up the blend for this Bordeaux blend look alike. Chocolate covered blackberries, espresso, fennel and dark cherry aromas lead into a plush style of wine finishing with a mouthful of sweet, chocolate, coffee and blackberry flavors. 91 Pts

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