Blackbird "Contrarian" Proprietary Red 2014 (Napa Valley, California) - [WA 93] [VM 93] [JS 91]

Blackbird "Contrarian" Proprietary Red 2014
(Napa Valley, California) - [WA 93] [VM 93] [JS 91]


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Contrarian is crafted by passion and instinct. This textured blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon possesses both an aromatic richness and subtle tannin profile. It exudes an elegance Blackbird Vineyards' wines are known for, while displaying the regal posture that comes from superior Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine to indulge in now and for decades to come, Contrarian's uniquely supple structure flouts convention.

Tasting Notes

"Bold and expressive with aromas of black cherry, fresh cracked pepper, and bay leaves, Contrarian is sure to impress. Notes of black currant, blackberry, salted caramel, and sweet herbs are complimented by intrepid tannins that carry through to a long, lingering finish. This wine is stunning now and will continue to develop with time in the cellar." -Winemaker, Aaron Pott

Technical Data

Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Harvest: Fall 2014
Release: Spring 2017
Barrel Regime: 21 months in French Oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 40 barrels
Optimum Drinking: 2017 - 2030

Ratings & Reviews


93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Another stunner is the 2014 Proprietary Red Contrarian, dominated by its 81% Cabernet Sauvignon followed by 13% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. This exhibits classic tobacco leaf, crème de cassis, forest floor, Christmas fruitcake, cedarwood and a touch of new saddle leather. It is full-bodied, powerful, rich, concentrated and yet soft enough to drink now or be cellared for another 15-20 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (28th Oct 2016)

93 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2014 Contrarian is deep, powerful and fleshy, with a good core of fruit and terrific overall balance. The mid-weight style of the year comes through in a relatively soft wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Inky red and purplish fruits, herbs, tobacco and cedar add the closing shades of nuance." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2016)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"A juicy and linear red with brambleberry and cedar character. Medium body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Back in form. Drink or hold." - (January 26, 2017)