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The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
Enough With the Merlot Bashing: A Wine That’s Ripe for Revival
April 2018

"'MERLOT IS ONE of the great grapes,' said winemaker Aaron Pott as we stood in the living room of his Napa Valley home. On the table in front of us were bottles of Merlot-dominant Blackbird Vineyards “Illustration” he’d produced. The selection included vintages that were almost entirely Merlot—though the front labels omitted this fact. As Mr. Pott later noted, the wine was launched when “Merlot bashing” was on the rise, some 10 years ago.”

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Sunset Magazine
Sunset Magazine
The Right Reds
November 2015

"...Ask Napa Valley's Aaron Pott, who makes Blackbird Vineyards wines as well as those under his own label and he'll set you straight: 'For me, the greatest wines of Bordeaux are made with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.' These two Bordeaux grapes share characteristics with Cabernet Sauvignon - to a point. Merlot has rounder, gentler tannins, while Cabernet Franc carries lovely floral aromas.”

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IntoWine.com
IntoWine.com
Top 100 Most influential U.S. Winemakers
June 2013

"Aaron Pott is taking Napa Cabernet Sauvignon back to its roots...He also makes wine for star properties like Blackbird...Pott's influences are far-ranging, but his true inspiration is his home turf, Napa. He was named Winemaker of the Year in 2012 by Food & Wine Magazine.”

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Food & Wine Magazine
Food & Wine Magazine
Winemakers of the Year: 2012
November 2012

"Aaron Pott is trying to take Napa Cabernet back to its roots...also true of the wines he makes for star properties like Blackbird and Seven Stones.”

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