Blackbird Vineyards Arise Red 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
"The 2019 Arise Proprietary Red is a seductive, svelte blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 8% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot. Full-bodied but nicely supple and polished, it delivers notes of blueberries, cherries, dark chocolate and mocha, then caps those off with a long, velvety finish. Maybe it could use a bit more muscle and concentration, but there's no denying its upfront appeal and elegance. In the context of Napa, it's even reasonably priced." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92 points Drink 2023-30
I loved the nose on the 2019 Arise Proprietary Red, and it's loaded with red and black fruits, darker herbs, chocolate, and peppery nuances. Slightly fresher than the 2018, it's medium to full-bodied, has a great texture, ripe tannins, and shines for its elegance and balance.
The 2019 Arise is bold, juicy and super-expressive. A burst of inky dark fruit, licorice, lavender and spice lends terrific immediacy to this succulent, entry-level offering from Blackbird.