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SommSelect: Blackbird Vineyards, Paramour Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley, CA 2011  - SommSelect

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Blackbird Vineyards, Paramour Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley, CA 2011


Blackbird Vineyards of Napa Valley has become a top source for great Napa Valley red wine. Their best wines are inspired by the greatest Right Bank Bordeaux, and this particular offer, the Blackbird “Paramour,” was crafted with Châteaux Cheval Blanc and Ausone in mind. Luckily, talented winemaker, Aaron Pott, has extensive experience making wine in Saint-Émilion, as he was the winemaker at Château Troplong Mondot, then shortly after became the estate director for Château La Tour Figeac. The result of Pott’s experience combined with the Napa Valley’s unique terroir and an all-star vineyard management team, has created a lineup of wines which bring the taster to think of the great wines of Bordeaux. The 2011 Paramour would be an interesting addition to a blind tasting of top right bank wines. Please note: this week at SommSelect, 100% of all net proceeds will go directly to benefit the earthquake victims of the Napa Valley.


Blackbird’s inaugural release was in 2003 and since then owner Michael Polenske has surrounded himself with an all star cast and has become a highly respected Napa Valley Vintner. Since the first release the winery has created numerous top-tier reds, (Illustration, Contrarian, and Paramour) all inspired by different appellations of Bordeaux. All of the wines are consistently top of their class. I recently tasted the latest release of the “Paramour” and it was one of the best 2011 reds I have tasted yet, made from 71% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. They carefully choose their fruit from vineyard sources from around the Napa Valley which include: their own Blackbird vineyard of Oak Knoll, the Carneros-based Hudson Vineyard, the Stagecoach Vineyard just south of Pritchard Hill, and the famous Crocker & Starr Vineyard, known for some of the best Cabernet Franc in the Valley. The wine is completely destemmed, undergoes fermentation using natural yeasts, then is gently pressed into 75% new french oak, from carefully selected cooperages where it spends just under 2 years before being bottled.

The Blackbird “Paramour” has an opaque dark ruby core with purple highlights. The aromas are driven by fresh purple flowers, wild blackberries, black currants, wet tobacco leaf, fresh wild herbs, underbrush, and exotic baking spices. The texture is velvet-like and elegant, showing flavors of blueberry, cedar, tobacco, vanilla, star anise and turned earth with extremely fine tannins combined with an exceptionally long finish. The 2011 vintage was cooler, yielding wines with an old world character that I prefer over the warm and ripe vintages, and it also gained the attention of most critics. This should be briefly decanted, ideally 30-45 minutes, then served just above cellar temperature at roughly 65 degrees in Bordeaux stems. With a right bank inspired red in this elegant style I love Roast Duck with Wild Mushrooms, this is a great recipe. Add butter roasted potatoes if you wish.

Blackbird’s inaugural release was in 2003 and since then owner Michael Polenske has surrounded himself with an all star cast and has become a highly respected Napa Valley Vintner. Since the first release the winery has created numerous top-tier reds, (Illustration, Contrarian, and Paramour) all inspired by different appellations of Bordeaux. All of the wines are consistently top of their class. I recently tasted the latest release of the “Paramour” and it was one of the best 2011 reds I have tasted yet, made from 71% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. They carefully choose their fruit from vineyard sources from around the Napa Valley which include: their own Blackbird vineyard of Oak Knoll, the Carneros-based Hudson Vineyard, the Stagecoach Vineyard just south of Pritchard Hill, and the famous Crocker & Starr Vineyard, known for some of the best Cabernet Franc in the Valley. The wine is completely destemmed, undergoes fermentation using natural yeasts, then is gently pressed into 75% new french oak, from carefully selected cooperages where it spends just under 2 years before being bottled.

The Blackbird “Paramour” has an opaque dark ruby core with purple highlights. The aromas are driven by fresh purple flowers, wild blackberries, black currants, wet tobacco leaf, fresh wild herbs, underbrush, and exotic baking spices. The texture is velvet-like and elegant, showing flavors of blueberry, cedar, tobacco, vanilla, star anise and turned earth with extremely fine tannins combined with an exceptionally long finish. The 2011 vintage was cooler, yielding wines with an old world character that I prefer over the warm and ripe vintages, and it also gained the attention of most critics. This should be briefly decanted, ideally 30-45 minutes, then served just above cellar temperature at roughly 65 degrees in Bordeaux stems. With a right bank inspired red in this elegant style I love Roast Duck with Wild Mushrooms, this is a great recipe. Add butter roasted potatoes if you wish.





Country United States
Region Napa Valley
Sub-Region n/a
Varietal 71% Cabernet Franc 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production n/a
Alcohol 14%
Oak 75% New French
Soil Various: Clay, Gravel, Volcanic
Farming Sustainable
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Country United States
Region Napa Valley
Sub-Region n/a
Varietal 71% Cabernet Franc 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production n/a
Alcohol 14%
Oak 75% New French
Soil Various: Clay, Gravel, Volcanic
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Blackbird Vineyards, Paramour Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley, CA 2011  - SommSelect SommSelect: Blackbird Vineyards, Paramour Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley, CA 2011  - SommSelect

$125

Buy 1 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“Taste a top Napa Valley red blend inspired by Cheval Blanc and Ausone.”

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