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Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red Wine 2018

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14.70% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • MEL 91
  • WA 92
  • DEC 91
  • JD 90
  • JS 91
  • VIN 92
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Blackbird Arise 2018, crafted at Blackbird Vineyards under the expert guidance of winemaker Aaron Pott, is a classic Napa blend that showcases the elegance and purity of flavors. This exceptional wine is primarily comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, resulting in a harmonious and sophisticated composition. With minimal winemaking intervention and a deep understanding of the nuanced interplay between wine and oak, Blackbird Arise 2018 is a testament to the countless hours dedicated to perfecting its taste.

In the glass, this wine presents a deep garnet-purple color that entices the senses. The nose is a captivating blend of aromas, featuring notes of ripe plum, cherry, and pomegranate intertwined with hints of tobacco, forest floor, nutmeg, black pepper, and blood orange zest. The integrated yet complex bouquet prepares the palate for the exquisite experience to come.

On the palate, Blackbird Arise 2018 delivers a rich and satisfying journey. The mid-palate is infused with the lusciousness of blackberry jam, plum, and cherry, beautifully balanced with earthy tobacco notes. The tannins are plush and rich, providing a velvety texture and structure. As the wine gracefully lingers, crushed strawberries, plum jam, and milk chocolate unfold, leaving a lasting impression of indulgence.

This exceptional blend comprises 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 6% Syrah, and 4% Petit Verdot. The wine spent 21 months maturing in handpicked French Oak Barrels, with 50% new oak and 50% seasoned oak, adding layers of complexity and refinement.

Blackbird Arise 2018 has received well-deserved critical acclaim. With 92 points from Wine Advocate, the wine showcases ripe blackberries, Morello cherries, and redcurrant jelly, supported by hints of pencil shavings and fragrant earth. Decanter awarded it 91 points, praising its precise and silky texture, while noting its value and accurate representation of the 2018 vintage. Jeb Dunnuck granted 90 points, highlighting its meaty nose, balanced palate, and lengthy finish. James Suckling rated it 91 points, noting the aromas of blackberry jam, spiced cherry, licorice, and rosemary.

5 reviews for Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red Wine 2018

  1. WA

    Composed of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 6% Syrah and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Arise Proprietary Red strides boldly out of the glass with notes of ripe blackberries, Morello cherries and redcurrant jelly with hints of pencil shavings and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has lovely tension and lots of crunchy black and red berry layers, framed by grainy tannins, finishing with an invigorating lift.

  2. DEC

    Dusty, herbal and black-fruited on the nose, with hints of graphite and pencil lead. The palate is silky, precise and doesn’t feel heavy-handed in the least. Despite the atypical cepage, a stellar value and an accurate representation of the 2018 vintage. Drinking Window 2022 – 2026

  3. JD

    Based on 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 6% Syrah, and the rest Petit Verdot, the dense purple-colored 2018 Arise Proprietary Red offers a big, meaty, powerful nose of mulled black fruits, barbecue smoke, tapenade, and leafy herbs, with a kiss of chocolate as well. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and expansive on the palate, it has notable balance and a chewy, lengthy finish. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming decade or so.

  4. JS

    Blackberry jam, spiced cherry, licorice and some rosemary on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, well integrated tannins. Supple and juicy with a medium finish. Try from 2021.

  5. VIN

    The 2018 Arise, the entry-level wine from Blackbird, is absolutely delicious. Crushed red/purplish berry fruit, mint, sage, licorice and mocha race out of the glass. Medium in body and beautifully perfumed, Arise is a terrific introduction to this lineup. Drinking window: 2020 – 2028

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Critical Acclaim

MEL 91
Mel's Notes
The 2018 Arise from Blackbird Vineyards is a harmonious blend that captivates the senses from the first pour. It presents a deep garnet-purple hue, suggesting the richness of its composition. On the nose, a symphony of ripe blackberries, Morello cherries, and redcurrant jelly make their debut, further nuanced by undertones of graphite, pencil shavings, and fragrant earth. As the wine unfolds on the palate, the dance between the tension of its medium to full-bodied structure and the crunchy black and red berry layers becomes evident. Silky yet precise, its elegance is not overshadowed by the wine's inherent power. Dusty herbal notes meet hints of barbecue smoke, leafy herbs, and a delicate touch of chocolate. The background showcases a delightful medley of spiced cherry, licorice, rosemary, and mocha, leading to a finish that's both invigorating and lingering. This wine offers a genuine representation of the 2018 vintage, promising beautiful evolution through its suggested drinking window.
WA 92
Wine Advocate
Composed of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 6% Syrah and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Arise Proprietary Red strides boldly out of the glass with notes of ripe blackberries, Morello cherries and redcurrant jelly with hints of pencil shavings and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has lovely tension and lots of crunchy black and red berry layers, framed by grainy tannins, finishing with an invigorating lift.
DEC 91
Decanter
Dusty, herbal and black-fruited on the nose, with hints of graphite and pencil lead. The palate is silky, precise and doesn’t feel heavy-handed in the least. Despite the atypical cepage, a stellar value and an accurate representation of the 2018 vintage. Drinking Window 2022 - 2026
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
Based on 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 6% Syrah, and the rest Petit Verdot, the dense purple-colored 2018 Arise Proprietary Red offers a big, meaty, powerful nose of mulled black fruits, barbecue smoke, tapenade, and leafy herbs, with a kiss of chocolate as well. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and expansive on the palate, it has notable balance and a chewy, lengthy finish. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming decade or so.
JS 91
James Suckling
Blackberry jam, spiced cherry, licorice and some rosemary on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, well integrated tannins. Supple and juicy with a medium finish. Try from 2021.
VIN 92
Vinous
The 2018 Arise, the entry-level wine from Blackbird, is absolutely delicious. Crushed red/purplish berry fruit, mint, sage, licorice and mocha race out of the glass. Medium in body and beautifully perfumed, Arise is a terrific introduction to this lineup. Drinking window: 2020 - 2028

What does Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red Wine 2018 taste like?


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Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, peach, stone fruit

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

toast, nutty, marzipan

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, orange peel, blood orange

cheese, cream, parmesan cheese

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, asparagus, rhubarb

raisin, fig, prune

pineapple

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, rose petal

Food Pairing with Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red Wine 2018

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Winemaker of Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red Wine 2018

Aaron Pott Winemaker

Aaron Pott

Aaron Pott, acclaimed winemaker, continues to be a force in the wine industry since being named Winemaker of the Year in 2012. Renowned for his exceptional talent and dedication, Pott has proven himself as a master in crafting exquisite wines. With a keen understanding of terroir and an unwavering commitment to quality, he has left an indelible mark on the world of winemaking. Pott's wines are a testament to his expertise, showcasing complexity, balance, and elegance. A true visionary, he artfully blends traditional and innovative techniques to create wines that captivate the senses and stand the test of time. Pott's legacy as a distinguished winemaker is well-deserved and his passion for his craft is evident in every bottle he produces.
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Nestled an hour north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley AVA is acclaimed as a top-tier wine destination in the New World. This prestigious region, stretching 35 miles from southeast to northwest between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges, is home to some of the most esteemed vineyards globally. A scenic drive from Napa to Calistoga unveils the valley's viticultural gems, making it the best place to stay in Napa Valley for those seeking picturesque landscapes. In 1981, Napa Valley AVA earned the distinguished title of being California’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA), a testament to its esteemed position in the wine world. In Napa Valley's early winemaking days, vineyards displayed a mosaic of various grape... ...Check Region for more information

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