Blackbird Vineyards

Arise Proprietary Napa Valley Merlot Blend

9.1407 ratings
9.058 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
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
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
Mark Crisler

Quite Nice. Somm Selection

Quite Nice. Somm Selection

1 person found it helpfulSep 13th, 2014
Rebecca Fletcher

Spice, floral, rose petals, plum, cranberry and earth. M acid, m+ body and tannin. Plum, coffee, and earth on the palate.

Spice, floral, rose petals, plum, cranberry and earth. M acid, m+ body and tannin. Plum, coffee, and earth on the palate.

Aug 12th, 2016
Matt Lasater

Riche and decadent but still showing posture and structure. Dense and gobby black plums, juicy red currants, blueberries. Layered fruit. Secondaries include coffee, dark chocolate, baking spice, sweet wood, and underlying mineral/spice tones and tobacco. Supple and fine tannins with enough acid to accentuate its plushness. Oak is there but not intrusive. Despite the richness it still performed well at the table with classic steakhouse fair. Balanced hedonism

Riche and decadent but still showing posture and structure. Dense and gobby black plums, juicy red currants, blueberries. Layered fruit. Secondaries include coffee, dark chocolate, baking spice, sweet wood, and underlying mineral/spice tones and tobacco. Supple and fine tannins with enough acid to accentuate its plushness. Oak is there but not intrusive. Despite the richness it still performed well at the table with classic steakhouse fair. Balanced hedonism

Jun 29th, 2016
Matt Sterr

Wonderful nose of blackberry, blueberry, a hint of new leather. Elegant in the mouth and very dry, but with a nice fruit core. Soft tannins lead to a juicy finished.

Wonderful nose of blackberry, blueberry, a hint of new leather. Elegant in the mouth and very dry, but with a nice fruit core. Soft tannins lead to a juicy finished.

Mar 15th, 2016
Ryan Sherman

2012. Never disappoints

2012. Never disappoints

Nov 26th, 2015
Jodi Holden

2007, showing its age, but who can't say that? Still tasty, but not as voluptuous (calm down!)

2007, showing its age, but who can't say that? Still tasty, but not as voluptuous (calm down!)

Oct 5th, 2015
Mark Maruszak

Interesting red blend, but doesn't demand attention. Dark fruit set with hint of dried green herbs and subtle spice. Soft tannins that allow this to be easily opened and enjoyed. Am interested to see this in 5 years.

Interesting red blend, but doesn't demand attention. Dark fruit set with hint of dried green herbs and subtle spice. Soft tannins that allow this to be easily opened and enjoyed. Am interested to see this in 5 years.

Jul 12th, 2015