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BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS OPTIMUM DRINKING GRID

Many red wines from the best growing areas often do two things when they are aged long-term in the bottle: They improve in quality and appreciate in value. The ideal cellar temperature is 50-55 degrees, but the important factor is consistent temperature, without huge fluctuations.

Remember to use this chart as a guide only, as the conditions under which you store your wine and your own palate should be the final determinants as to when your wines will be at optimum maturity.

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Varietal Reference: M= Merlot, CF= Cabernet Franc, CS= Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Illustration201175% M | 15% CF | 10% CS2014-2027Inquire
 201048% M | 30% CF | 22% CS2013-2026Inquire
 200981% M | 16% CF | 3% CS2012-2025Inquire
 200875% M | 23% CF | 2% CS2011-2025Sold out
 200775% M | 20% CF | 5% CS2009-2025Sold out
 200686% M | 11% CF | 3% CS2008-2020Sold out
Proprietary Red Wine200596% M | 4% CS2008-2017Sold out
 200495% M | 5% CS2007-2016Sold out
 200395% M | 5% CS2006-2015Sold out
Paramour201171% CF | 19% M | 10% CS2014-2027Inquire
 201041% CF | 36% M | 23% CS2013-2026Inquire
 200961% CF | 25% M | 14% CS2012-2025Inquire
 200849% CF | 43% M | 8% CS2011-2025Sold out
 200750% CF | 45% M | 8% CS2009-2025Sold out
 200648% CF | 44% M | 5% CS2008-2017Sold out
 200550% CF | 50% M | 8% CS2008-2015Sold out
Contrarian201143% CF | 29% CS | 28% M2014-2027Inquire
 201048% CS | 32% CF | 20% M2013-2026Inquire
 200941% CF | 25% CS | 24% M2012-2025Inquire
 200838% M | 35% CF | 27% CS2011-2025Sold out
 200746% CF | 34% CS | 20% M2009-2025Sold out
 200638% CS | 34% CF | 28% M2008-2020Sold out
Arise201161% M | 27% CF | 12% CS2013-2023Inquire
 201061% M | 20% CS | 19% CF2012-2022Inquire
 200953% M | 25% CF | 22% CS2011-2025Inquire
 200842% M | 38% CS | 20% CF2011-2025Sold out
 200775% M | 20% CF | 5% CS2009-2025Sold out
 2006100% M2008-2015Sold out
Arriviste Rosé201358% CS | 22% M | 20% CF2014-2016Inquire
 201238% M | 36% CS | 26% CF2013-2015Inquire
 201140% CS | 33% M | 27% CF2012-2014Inquire
 201048% CS | 39% M | 13% CF2011-2013Sold out
 200958% CS | 30% M | 12% CF2010-2012Sold out
 200895% CS | 5% M2009-2012Sold out
 200780% M | 20% CS2008-2009Sold out

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