Blackbird Vineyards 2013 Arriviste rosé

Napa Valley, CA
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc; 14.1% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 8 June

Blackbird_2013_ArrivisteI had been intrigued by this rosé for a while since Blackbird’s top-end reds go for over $100.  This is a well-made and tasty enough rosé, but I’m only moderately enthused about it.  Perhaps that’s because it’s a couple years older than the current release, or maybe it’s just as Seedboy noted, “These varieties are not my favorites for rosé.”  (Full comment: Its color is gorgeous. Dry in the mouth, red fruit and some herbal qualities, and nothing negative. These varieties are not my favorites for rose.)

The wine is at first a little reserved, but opens up with a little time in the fridge to show elegantly presented flavors of quince jelly (wine is very dry), tangerine / orange, and cherry / red berry, with some minerality on the finish.  It’s pretty tasty, but lacks a feeling of freshness and some of the delicate nuance I prefer in a rosé.

The next day, the wine is very much the same and still quite tasty, so there seems to be little danger of its falling apart soon.


5 thoughts on “Blackbird Vineyards 2013 Arriviste rosé

  1. joys2b

    Bought this at GO Palo Alto. I think it was too cold, too, Seedboy. I found this harsh, very little taste, no minerality… Beautiful color! I leave a glass out, and see what happens, but I’m not optimistic.

  2. Kevin Murphy

    Picked up a bottle. It was not as dry as a typical French Rose from Provencal or from other Mediterranean locales. I love the roses from that area, I’d love to find something similar from CA. This one is ok, but not as dry or as nice on a warm sunny day. Still worth $5 however!! And it gets better after the 1st glass, but then most wines do.

    Thank you so much for your reviews! I appreciate following the reviews from you and others to see what’s new at Grossout.

  3. cawinediva2015ca

    I picked this up today, and am beyond pleased, going back this afternoon to our new Napa Gross Out to pick up a case.
    I don’t love high acid rose’s, and this does have a full red body.
    The 3 of us polished it off with no regrets. It does show very well a bit colder. And paired with our salumi and cheese platter beautifully.


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