Opening aromas of pear, apple and acacia are met by a bright, buoyant acidity at the first sip. The mid-palate softens, bursting with pear, grapefruit, cardamom and apricot flavors that linger pleasantly on the tongue, pretty as a bird on the wing.
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.
The 2019 Dissonance is a very pretty, expressive Sauvignon Blanc-based blend. Bright Knights Valley energy kicks up a whole range of varietal flavors nicely. Grapefruit, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks give the 2019 terrific energy.