Blackbird Vineyards

Arise Proprietary Napa Valley Merlot Blend

9.1553 ratings
9.078 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
Jonathan Wall

Benefitted greatly by a 3 to 4 hour decant. Rich dark berries and tannins came together. Drank as a "conversation wine"... no food... and it was delicious alone.

Benefitted greatly by a 3 to 4 hour decant. Rich dark berries and tannins came together. Drank as a "conversation wine"... no food... and it was delicious alone.

May 4th, 2019
Riccardo L.

This one has a spicy cedar box finish on the back of the palate. 2007 means it needs oxygen for a few mins before you drink it. It’s potent, but disappointingly off balance for a proprietary blend—it errs too far on the herbal side for me.

This one has a spicy cedar box finish on the back of the palate. 2007 means it needs oxygen for a few mins before you drink it. It’s potent, but disappointingly off balance for a proprietary blend—it errs too far on the herbal side for me.

Feb 10th, 2019
Lee Pitofsky

Rich and very impressively balanced. Notes of black cherries, blackberry, cassis and cedar

Rich and very impressively balanced. Notes of black cherries, blackberry, cassis and cedar

May 22nd, 2018
Wine101Hamden

Boysenberry, currents, deep blackberry jam that hasn’t been over extracted with sugar if thats possible. This gets better and better as its opening up. I can’t imagine what this will be like an hour from now although I would love to!!!

Boysenberry, currents, deep blackberry jam that hasn’t been over extracted with sugar if thats possible. This gets better and better as its opening up. I can’t imagine what this will be like an hour from now although I would love to!!!

Apr 19th, 2018
WineMascot

2014, in a 1.5L format and decanted for about an hour before serving, really pretty from the start and got better with time. A lot of. Black berry jam, menthol and a hint of tar. Nice wine, I'd like to see a little more acidity on the back end but really enjoyed it

2014, in a 1.5L format and decanted for about an hour before serving, really pretty from the start and got better with time. A lot of. Black berry jam, menthol and a hint of tar. Nice wine, I'd like to see a little more acidity on the back end but really enjoyed it

Mar 26th, 2018
Robert McCall

Shoulda let this breathe for a few hours but wasn't in the cards. Muted nose of blackberry and spice. Medium+ tannins circle around emerging dark red and blackberry fruit. Not much complexity but not one dimensional either. I think I kick the points up a level or two with 3 hours + in a decanter. But who's complaining!? Good stuff.

Shoulda let this breathe for a few hours but wasn't in the cards. Muted nose of blackberry and spice. Medium+ tannins circle around emerging dark red and blackberry fruit. Not much complexity but not one dimensional either. I think I kick the points up a level or two with 3 hours + in a decanter. But who's complaining!? Good stuff.

Sep 7th, 2017
Patrick Kelly

Pretty darn good. Nose is graphite and cedar but very faint. Flavors all fruit but really delicious.

Pretty darn good. Nose is graphite and cedar but very faint. Flavors all fruit but really delicious.

4 people found it helpfulFeb 1st, 2014
Valerio Dogliotti

Impressive blend( 58%Merlot, 32%Cab Franc, 10%Cab Sauvignon) from Black Bird Vineyard in Napa Valley. Black berry jam, vanilla and liquorice. Velvety tannins in the mouth, with a lingering finish.

Impressive blend( 58%Merlot, 32%Cab Franc, 10%Cab Sauvignon) from Black Bird Vineyard in Napa Valley. Black berry jam, vanilla and liquorice. Velvety tannins in the mouth, with a lingering finish.

2 people found it helpfulMay 1st, 2016
Jennifer DiDomizio

As it opens, the deep black fruit comes through, along with black olive notes. Fresh, rich, and lush.

As it opens, the deep black fruit comes through, along with black olive notes. Fresh, rich, and lush.

2 people found it helpfulNov 5th, 2014
Michael Adelman

Still uptight and young... dominant Merlot Blend with a third Cab Franc and the rest Cab Sav... fruit forward but patience is key for their entry level offering...

Still uptight and young... dominant Merlot Blend with a third Cab Franc and the rest Cab Sav... fruit forward but patience is key for their entry level offering...

1 person found it helpfulSep 27th, 2016