2016 Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste 1.5L
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Arriviste is an elegant, salmon-pink colored rose of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. On the nose, a melange of aromas of strawberry and stone fruit come together with light floral notes. The wine delights with flavors of black currants, crisp red apple and citrus on the mid-palate, carrying clean minerality and bright acidity on the lingering finish.
Winemaker's Notes: Inspired by "les gitanes", the gypsies of St. Emilion, Blackbird Vineyards' Arriviste captures the high-spirited nature of winemaking. The vibrant, puckish rose conjures images of summer twilights and harvest moons. The 2016 Napa Valley growing season saw near-optimal conditions, allowing for an abundance of perfectly-ripe grapes with a smooth balance of acids and sugars, producing this spectacular rose. While it hints at the flavors of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that frame it, Arriviste is not a wine to demystify. It is simply a wine to enjoy.
Composition: 42% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Aaron Pott
Production: 2,100 Cases
Optimal Drinking Window: 2017 - 2019