Blackbird "Contrarian" Proprietary Red 2016 (Napa Valley, California) - [WA 93+] [VM 93] [JS 93]

Blackbird "Contrarian" Proprietary Red 2016
(Napa Valley, California) - [WA 93+] [VM 93] [JS 93]


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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:
"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. 1,580 cases were made." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct 2018)

93 Points - Antonio Galloni's 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." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2018)

93 Points - 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? A blend of 64 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 29 per cent cabernet franc and seven per cent merlot." - (Oct 2018)