Blackbird Arriviste – 2013 vintage that is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. This has been the staff favorite rose of the summer! It’s not too late to enjoy this California treat. The color is a deep vibrant pink. With the first whiff of this wine I get notes of strawberries and melon, followed by some citrus notes and tropical fruit. On the palate I taste candy apple up front with some peppery spice (from the Cab Franc I would assume) followed by papaya, strawberry, and a hint of citrus. This wine has a bright, pleasant acidity and finishes dry and clean. I would pair this wine with salad or with warm nights in the back yard. Enjoy this rose with or without food. If you prefer a “French Rose” give this a try – Blackbird Vineyards produce Pomerol-inspired wines from Napa Valley!