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05/07/10 - Blackbird Vineyards Tasting: Try Their Premium, Pomerol-Inspired Wines & Learn From A Blackbird Expert
05/07/10 - Blackbird Vineyards Tasting: Try Their Premium, Pomerol-Inspired Wines & Learn From A Blackbird Expert


 
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SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 7th, 2010

Wine Tasting Event @ Artisan Wine Depot

"Blackbird Vineyards Tasting: Try Their Premium, Pomerol-Inspired Wines & Learn From A Blackbird Expert"

Friday May 7th, 2010
From 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
At Artisan Wine Depot - 400 A Villa St. Mountain View, CA 94041

This is a walk-around tasting event, you may come by anytime between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Online Advance Ticket Price: $19.22
Walk-in Ticket Price: $24.71 (if space permits)

** $10.00 of your ticket fee will be credited towards your purchase of any Blackbird wines! **



Since 1999, the Blackbird Vineyard (a former a walnut orchard first planted with 5,717 Merlot vines in 1997), quietly provided fruit to many of Napa’s finest winemakers, for whom it yielded astonishing comments from Napa Valley veterans and noteworthy editorialists. Purchased by Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is now an ultra premium label in its own right. Fittingly, the word ‘Merlot’ is French patois for ‘little blackbird.’

An early harbinger of Blackbird's potential arose when Mia Klein of Dalla Valle fame created a Blackbird Vineyard designate for her highly acclaimed 1999 Selene Merlot (no less than 95% of the fruit in the bottle must be from the named vineyard). Three of the top wine critics in the industry—Robert Parker, Stephen Tanzer, and Wine Spectator's James Laube—scored this wine in the 90s.

Blackbird's inaugural 2003 bottling, culled from a small crush of grapes that weren't already claimed by other vintners was awarded 98 points by Vinfolio, proclaiming it, "the best Merlot nobody had ever heard of." ACME FINE WINES news was equally enthusiastic, saying, "it is with wines like this that we never question why we are in this business." Blackbird's 2003 Merlot was also given a score of 95 points by Vintrust, which praised its complexity and richness, proclaiming it, "hedonistic in length."

Consulting Winemaker Sarah Gott brings extensive experience in producing noteworthy wines including Insignia and Backus for Joseph Phelps, Quintessa, and Joel Gott Wines, which she makes with her husband...


Read more information about Blackbird Vineyards here:

www.blackbirdvineyards.com/index.cfm/pk/content/pid/400027


Wines being poured:
  • 2007 Blackbird Vineyards "Illustration" Proprietary Red Wine - WE [97] - RP [92]
  • 2007 Blackbird Vineyards "Paramour" Proprietary Red Wine - WE [95] - RP [93+]
  • 2007 Blackbird Vineyards "Contrarian" Proprietary Red Wine - WE [93] - RP [94]
  • 2007 Blackbird Vineyards "Arise" Proprietary Red Wine - WE [93] - RP [92] - WS [91]
  • 2007 Blackbird Vineyards "Arriviste" Rose Wine
If you would like to attend, please select the ticket option, and the quantity of tickets you would like and add them to your basket above. Print out a copy of your invoice and bring it with you the day of the event for admittance. If you are buying more then one ticket, please reply to the receipt that will be emailed to you, and give us the full name of the other members in your party. This is simply for name badge and attendee list purposes. We thank you for your support, and are looking forward to seeing you there.

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