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2012 Blackbird Vineyards US Red Blend "Paramour"

Winery: Blackbird Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Paramour"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 53% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot & 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $125

Cases produced: 840

KWG Score: 94 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 23, 2015

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored blend from Blackbird opens with a mild red raspberry bouquet with hints of musty oak, cherry and leather. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, and very smooth. The flavor profile is a mild black cherry with notes of nicely integrated fine minerality. We also detected faint hints of blueberry chocolate, and oak as well. The finish is dry and its moderate refined tannins build up and stick around for quite a while. The panel suggested pairing this nice wine with a rump roast or a Kobe burger. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2012 Paramour offers exquisite aromas of blackberry, plum and tobacco. This authentic expression of Cabernet Franc showcases textured layers of chocolate and nutmeg, combined with fine-grained tannin and deeply layered flavors of stone fruit. The supple finish is round and balanced, providing persistent length of flavor. Paramour will continue to develop with time in the bottle for the next decade or more.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Blackbird 2012 Paramour.

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