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BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS OPTIMUM DRINKING GRID

Many red wines from the best growing areas often do two things when they are aged long-term in the bottle: They improve in quality and appreciate in value. The ideal cellar temperature is 50-55 degrees, but the important factor is consistent temperature, without huge fluctuations.

Remember to use this chart as a guide only, as the conditions under which you store your wine and your own palate should be the final determinants as to when your wines will be at optimum maturity.

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Varietal Reference: M= Merlot, CF= Cabernet Franc, CS= Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Wine

Composition

Optimum Drinking

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2010 Illustration Proprietary Red Wine48% M | 30% CF | 22% CS2013-2026Inquire
2009 Illustration81% M | 16% CF | 3% CS2012-2025Inquire
2008 Illustration75% M | 23% CF | 2% CS2011-2025Sold out
2007 Illustration75% M | 20% CF | 5% CS2009-2025Sold out
2006 Illustration86% M | 11% CF | 3% CS2008-2020Sold out
2005 Proprietary Red Wine96% M | 4% CS2008-2017Sold out
2004 Proprietary Red Wine95% M | 5% CS2007-2016Sold out
2003 Proprietary Red Wine95% M | 5% CS2006-2015Sold out
2010 Paramour Proprietary Red Wine41% CF | 36% M | 23% CS2013-2026Inquire
2009 Paramour61% CF | 25% M | 14% CS2012-2025Inquire
2008 Paramour49% CF | 43% M | 8% CS2011-2025Sold out
2007 Paramour50% CF | 45% M | 8% CS2009-2025Sold out
2006 Paramour48% CF | 44% M | 5% CS2008-2017Sold out
2005 Paramour50% CF | 50% M | 8% CS2008-2015Sold out
2010 Contrarian Proprietary Red Wine48% CS | 32% CF | 20% M2013-2026Inquire
2009 Contrarian41% CF | 25% CS | 24% M2012-2025Inquire
2008 Contrarian38% M | 35% CF | 27% CS2011-2025Sold out
2007 Contrarian46% CF | 34% CS | 20% M2009-2025Sold out
2006 Contrarian38% CS | 34% CF | 28% M2008-2020Sold out
2011 Arise Proprietary Red Wine61% M | 27% CF | 12% CS2013-2023Inquire
2010 Arise Proprietary Red Wine61% M | 20% CS | 19% CF2012-2022Inquire
2009 Arise53% M | 25% CF | 22% CS2011-2025Inquire
2008 Arise42% M | 38% CS | 20% CF2011-2025Sold out
2007 Arise75% M | 20% CF | 5% CS2009-2025Sold out
2006 Arise100% M2008-2015Sold out
2012 Arriviste Rosé38% M | 36% CS | 26% CF2013-2015Inquire
2011 Arriviste40% CS | 33% M | 27% CF2012-2014Inquire
2010 Arriviste48% CS | 39% M | 13% CF2011-2013Sold out
2009 Arriviste58% CS | 30% M | 12% CF2010-2012Sold out
2008 Arriviste95% CS | 5% M2009-2012Sold out
2007 Arriviste80% M | 20% CS2008-2009Sold out

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