Blackbird Contrarian Red 2016 - 750ml

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93pts Jeb Dunnuck

  Starting with the 2016 Contrarian Proprietary Red Wine, this deep purple-colored effort checks in as 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Merlot. It offers plenty of classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon flair in its blue fruits, graphite, licorice, and mineral-laced aromas and flavors. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, has a straight, focused style, terrific purity, and building tannins. It's going to require 4-6 years of bottle age and will drink nicely for 15+ years or more.   (1/2019)


93pts James Suckling

  A juicy and rich red with lots of fruit and polished yet fine tannins. Medium to full body and tight, focused fruit. Delicious now. Why wait?   (10/2018)


93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  Blended of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Contrarian Proprietary Red reveals notes of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and red plums with touches of red roses, black tea, tilled soil and tobacco. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers intense red and black fruit layers with plenty of earthy sparks and a grainy frame, finishing long and refreshing. (LPB) 93+   (10/2018)


93pts Vinous

  The 2016 Contrarian is a bold, powerful wine. Beams of Cabernet tannin give the 2016 its shape and overall feel. Sage, lavender, menthol, licorice, spice and leather add shades of nuance. Potent and also structured, the 2016 needs time in bottle to shed some of its tannin. Contrarian is Blackbird's Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine. (AG)   (12/2018)


90pts Wine Enthusiast

  With a mild and soft entry, this blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot delights in its sharp tones of dark cherry and currant. The midpalate picks up complexity in its array of sage and clove seasoning. (VB)   (11/2019)


Winemaker Notes

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot