2019 Blackbird Vineyards Arise, Oak Knoll District, USA (750ml)
Plum, cherry, pomegranate, tobacco, forest floor, nutmeg, black pepper, blood orange zest in a very integrated yet complex nose. Plum, milk chocolate, fig on a round attack. Good mid palate richness with blackberry jam, plum and cherry, tobacco and earthy notes, tannins are plush and rich and the wine ends with good length, finishing with crushed strawberries, plum jam and milk chocolate.
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.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 93 pts.
Blueberry, blackcurrant and dark-mushroom aromas follow through to a medium body with fine tannins and a juicy, savory finish. Tangy orange rind at the end. 36% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 21% cabernet franc, 8% syrah and 5% petit verdot.
- James Suckling, 92 pts.
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