Bright glowing ruby with thin pink edges. Somewhat staining. Heady extraction and alcohol. A deep sinus-clearing cassis blended with gravel and maple syrup. Warm carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting. A depth of spice and breadth of concentration with a refreshing helping of piquantness. Big and rather ungracefully extracted, but a punchy little wine–young as all get-out–stuffed and present.
Less than expected in the mouth. The fruit–full and round–hits your tongue and almost cheapens itself with its voluptuousness. A middle bitter with squished-bug situations and pine-tree-sap turn things *interesting* to say the least but not necessarily unbalanced enough to get bad marks. I don’t think this is cab. Maybe a bit of Syrah but am headed in the CF-direction. A pond-water unsophistication of fruit combined with almost-off-putish spice and pepper notes lead me toward something with a little less *middle* than Cab.. I am not in love with this wine, but it plays well on a lot of levels and there is potential here for something wonderful. And you certainly can’t argued against the price. I will drink this in 2 years.
2012 BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS Arise Meritage Red Blend Napa Valley 58/32/10 ME/CF/CS 14.6