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Napa Valley Proprietary Rosé Wine

"The 2012 Arriviste is a winsome, salmon red-colored rosé of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. On the nose, strawberry and iris aromas meld with notes of savory spice. The wine displays enticing flavors of tart cherry and bright citrus on the mid-palate, carrying clean minerality and bright acidity on to the lingering finish. The 2012 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 rosé."

— Winemaker, Aaron Pott

Blend38% Merlot
36% Cabernet Sauvignon
26% Cabernet Franc
HarvestFall 2012
ReleaseSpring 2013
WinemakingSaignée method, cold fermented for 6 weeks, sur lies and cold stored
Total Acidity0.57
Production2100 cases
Optimum Drinking2013 - 2015
Retail Price$25

The Vineyards

Each wine in the portfolio is a true example of Blackbird's ongoing commitment to quality by partnering with a selection of Napa Valley's most prestigious vineyards.

Blackbird Vineyard - Located in the Oak Knoll District, Blackbird's estate vineyard, with clay soils underlaid by gravel, is an ideal site for Merlot. The region's cool nights preserve acidity in the fruit, providing natural balance.

Hudson Vineyard - Perched on a rolling hillside in the cool climate of Carneros, the Hudson Vineyard is a high-quality fruit source for Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Stagecoach Vineyard - Atop the Vaca Mountains south of Pritchard Hill, the rocky, volcanic terroir of the Stagecoach Vineyard produces intense Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Crocker & Starr Vineyard - The Crocker & Starr Vineyard's deep pocket of well-drained gravel creates aromatic Cabernet Franc with impressive structure and finesse.

Everyone loves an upstart...

Inspired by "les gitanes," the gypsies of St. Emilion, Blackbird Vineyards' Arriviste captures the high-spirited nature of winemaking. This vibrant, puckish rosé conjures images of summer twilights and harvest moons. 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.

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