Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Red 2013

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Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Red 2013
$89.95

SKU 5361

750ml

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Commanding and expressive with savory notes of black cherry, truffle, pepper, and bay, Contrarian is the most powerful of the Blackbird trio. Black currant, toffee, sweet herbs, and espresso are framed by well-structured, bold tannins that crescendo with lush fruit into a long finish. While the wine is gratifying now, Contrarian will age gloriously with time in the cellar.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll
Brand Blackbird Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine AdvocateThe most backward of this quartet is the 2013 Proprietary Red Contrarian, a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. It sounds like a California version of the famous Château Figeac in St.-Emilion in terms of composition. The wine offers up notes of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, licorice, red and blackcurrants, and loamy soil undertones. Like so many 2013s, it has a dense color, terrific fruit, great acidity and ripe, sweet, well-integrated tannin. It should evolve nicely for 12-15+ years.

Robert Parker, October 2015