The 2018 Blackbird Vineyards Dissonance is pure charm. Intense lemon, lime leaf and coriander blend harmoniously with hints of honeysuckle and earth. It sings with citrus fruit and expresses a balanced broadness that would give wings to a crab feast or oyster plate.
Using the Right Bank masterpieces of St. Émilion as the inspirational model, Blackbird proprietor Michael Polenske has assembled the two critical components that make things click in the glass: superlative vineyards and winemaking talent. Having first acquired the property made famous by Selene Merlot (a critical favorite), he turned his attention to fruit contracts from other established sources like Stagecoach and Crocker & Starr. Then came the winemaking team of Aaron Pott and Sarah Gott. Between them, they can count Château Troplong Mondot, Château La Tour Figeac, Joseph Phelps “Insignia” and Quintessa as wines they’ve produced. Not a bad lineup. Throw in endorsements from everyone from Wine Spectator to Robb Report to Men’s Journal, and it’s clear that these Blackbirds will not stay on the ground for very long.
Composed of 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Semillon coming from Hudson Vineyard, the 2018 Dissonance features intense scents of fresh lemon juice, grapefruit, lime leaves and coriander seed with hints of honeysuckle and musk perfume. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers super-charged vivacity with bags of citrus fruit flavors and a racy backbone, finishing long and mineral laced.