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