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2017 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian

Contrarian

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750ml
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$135.00
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1.5L
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$300.00
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1.5L
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$300.00
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3.0L
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$600.00
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Blackbird Vineyards’ 2017 Contrarian flies in the face of our own conventions. Emboldened by Cabernet Sauvignon, Contrarian possesses Blackbird’s signature aromatic richness alongside bold tannins that draw a striking contrast to the rest of the flock.

"Expressive with savory notes of tobacco, cedar, coffee and black licorice, Contrarian is the most powerful of the Blackbird trio. Great density with hints of tobacco, cedar, plum,black cherry and black truffle. Contrarian boasts a rich and elegant texture on the mid palate and finishes with plush tannins, black truffle, tobacco, coffee and black currants." Winemaker, Aaron Pott
Expressive with savory notes of tobacco, cedar, coffee and black licorice, Contrarian is the most powerful of the Blackbird trio. Great density with hints of tobacco, cedar, plum,black cherry and black truffle. Contrarian boasts a rich and elegant texture on the mid palate and finishes with plush tannins, black truffle, tobacco, coffee and black currants.
Blend 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot
Harvest Fall 2016
Release Spring 2019
Barrel Regime 21 months in French oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol 14.1 %
Production 1100 cases
Optimum Drinking 2019 - 2035
Release Price $135.00 per 750ml bottle

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Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
94 Points
"Cabernet Sauvignon takes the leading role in the 2017 Contrarian. Dark red and black fruit, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice, spice, leather and incense give the 2017 striking aromatic nuance. Deep and plush on the palate with plenty of supporting structure, the 2017 is another winner in this range."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate
92+ Points
"A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot, the 2017 Contrarian Proprietary Red sports a deep garnet-purple color. It needs a little coaxing to reveal notes of baked blackcurrants, fruitcake and tilled soil with hints of fallen leaves, yeast extract and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied, the palate has a core of taut, muscular black fruit with firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing on a provocative mineral note. 1133 cases were made."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
November 2019
Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points
"Based on 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and just a splash of Merlot, the 2017 Contrarian Proprietary Red has a bright, juicy style as well as notes of black plums, currants, ground herbs, and dark chocolate. It's nicely concentrated, has elevated acidity, good purity, and fine tannins. It's going to age for 15-20 years at a minimum."
Jeb Dunnuck
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*Wine Options *Minimum Annual Quantity *Guaranteed Bottle Pricing (as of January 2019)
Illustration     6     $135
Paramour     6     $135
Contrarian     6     $135
Arise     12     $58
Dissonance     24     $32
Arriviste     24     $28

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