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2013 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 750ml

2013 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 750ml
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Vintner Notes: Before Blackbird was a label, it was a 10-acre estate vineyard producing Merlot grapes that went into some of Napa Valley’s finest wines. Michael Polenske purchased it in 2003, keeping the highly respected Blackbird name but transforming it into an ultra-premium label. An investment manager by trade, Michael had a deep love of wine that stretched back to his college days, when he peppered his business studies at Chico State with classes on the art and science of wine. His post-college plan was to put his unique set of skills and interests to work providing financial services for Napa’s vintners. Instead, after years of advising the tech titans of Silicon Valley, he followed his passion and became a vintner himself. In time, Michael partnered with winemaker Aaron Pott, whose own love of wine had led him from undergrad studies in enology at the University of California, Davis, to a master’s degree in viticulture from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon and winemaking positions in the Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Along the way, he learned from some the world’s most legendary winemakers – including John Kongsgaard and John-Louise Mandrau – and made his mark crafting wines for Beringer Estates, St. Clement and Quintessa, among others. To create the wines that bear the Blackbird label, Michael and Aaron use fruit from the original Blackbird Estate vineyard along with grapes sourced from the Napa’s most acclaimed vineyards in AVAs from Los Carneros to Spring Mountain. “Our approach to winemaking is intensive, hands-on,” says Michael. “We use best-practice techniques to achieve the highest representation of terroir in our age-worthy wines.”

Wine Specs
Bordeaux Blend
Oak Knoll District
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