Blackbird Vineyards

Arise Proprietary Napa Valley Merlot Blend

9.131 ratings
9.23 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese
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
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
Kevin Ortzman

A Right Bank style Bordeaux. Ripe blueberries, black current and wet cedar on the nose. Long finish of licorice, fig and tobacco.

A Right Bank style Bordeaux. Ripe blueberries, black current and wet cedar on the nose. Long finish of licorice, fig and tobacco.

Mar 7th, 2017
Rich Roberts

Fairly dry with a short finish, hints of blackberry in an otherwise subtle fruit profile, reasonably balanced but not on the repurchase list

Fairly dry with a short finish, hints of blackberry in an otherwise subtle fruit profile, reasonably balanced but not on the repurchase list

Jun 4th, 2020
Scot Walker

Berries and cedar in the nose. Raspberries, anise and herbs in the palate. Long finish, high tannins, so decanting softens it. Excellent with a Cabernet-cracker pepper finished filet. Kudos to John Cain at Annie Gunn’s for recommending the wine

Berries and cedar in the nose. Raspberries, anise and herbs in the palate. Long finish, high tannins, so decanting softens it. Excellent with a Cabernet-cracker pepper finished filet. Kudos to John Cain at Annie Gunn’s for recommending the wine

May 27th, 2020
Andy Hall

A nice mild bodied blend with roughly a third each of merlot, cab sauv and cab franc. Black and red fruit notes throughout with nice structure provided by the cabs.

A nice mild bodied blend with roughly a third each of merlot, cab sauv and cab franc. Black and red fruit notes throughout with nice structure provided by the cabs.

May 12th, 2020
Dan Michael

Solid bottle of Napa Red Blend, dark and a bit jammy, black fruit aromas and flavors, a touch high in alcohol but blew off pretty quickly. Not overly oaked which was a pleasant surprise. Overall, enjoyable with our steaks tonight.

Solid bottle of Napa Red Blend, dark and a bit jammy, black fruit aromas and flavors, a touch high in alcohol but blew off pretty quickly. Not overly oaked which was a pleasant surprise. Overall, enjoyable with our steaks tonight.

Mar 21st, 2020
KA
9.1

Complex merlot dominated blend.

Complex merlot dominated blend.

Apr 25th, 2018
Reed Boehringer

luscious dark fruits, silky tannins. lovely blend.

luscious dark fruits, silky tannins. lovely blend.

Apr 6th, 2018
Brendan Baker

Round, very little tannin, early drinker

Round, very little tannin, early drinker

Jan 15th, 2018