Blackbird Vineyards

Premiere Napa Valley Cuvee
2015 Red Wine
Napa Valley

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 56
Vintage

2015

Blackbird Vineyards

Premiere Napa Valley Cuvee

Red Wine
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • A single-barrel composition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot
  • Crafted with sensuality and commanding structure by Aaron Pott, Blackbird's winemaker since 2007
  • Sourced from our prominent vineyard sites on the benches and mountains of Napa Valley
  • Luscious flavors from exceptional fruit

This 2015 vintage bottling, crafted by winemaker Aaron Pott, expresses luscious flavors that can only come from exceptional fruit. Our Premiere Napa Valley wine possesses both sensuality and commanding structure. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have a fragile but irresistible chemistry that flourishes when climate, soils and seasons align. The grapes allotted for this graceful red wine are grown in only the most auspicious conditions, and reveal the passionate relationship between these three varieties and between winegrower and land.


Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced

Aaron Pott

Winemaker, Blackbird Vineyards

Winemaker, Aaron Pott

Aaron Pott’s curiosity in wine began at the young age of nine when he ordered a glass of milk in a venerable Parisian bistro. When the waiter responded—in halting perfect English—that “milk is for babies” and promptly produced a glass of watered down red, Pott realized that wine was a beverage of choice for adults and immersed himself in the world of wine trivia.

Studying oenology at the University of California, Davis, Pott delved into all aspects of the theory of winemaking, including practical application by working part-time in the research laboratory at Robert Mondavi Winery. He completed his education with a master’s degree in Viticulture from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.

Pott immediately took the position of assistant winemaker at Newton Vineyard, under Winemaker John Kongsgaard. It was at Newton—under the wing of his first great mentor—that Pott would be introduced to Michel Rolland. At many tastings with Kongsgaard and Rolland (set up by legendary wine collector Dade Thieriot), Pott tried to convince Rolland to find him a job in France—pulling hoses around a dark cellar and working on his language skills. Rolland soon sent word that he had found the ideal position—winemaker at Château Troplong Mondot, Premier Grand Cru Classé St. Emilion. Pott would thereafter become winemaker and general manager of Château La Tour Figeac Grand Cru Classé St. Emilion.

Pott worked for nearly six years making wine in France before returning to the States to take a position with Beringer Wine Estates. As a winemaker for the company’s international brands in France, Italy and South America, he had the pleasure to work with French Winemakers Jean-Louis Mandrau, formerly of Château Latour and André Porcheret, whose resume included the Hospice de Beaune and Domaine Leroy. Pott’s duties expanded in 2001 as winemaker at St. Clement in St. Helena. In 2004, he accepted the position as winemaker and general manager at Quintessa.

In 2007, Pott formed “Pott Wines” and is dedicated to consulting for a limited quantity of notable producers as well as making wines of his own. Currently, Pott is the consulting winemaker for Blackbird Vineyards, Seven Stones Winery, Bello Family Vineyards, Fisher Vineyards, Quixote, Krupp Brothers Estate (Stagecoach Vineyard), St. Helena Estate and Joseph Carr Wines.

Country born: United States

Education: U.C. Davis B.S., Universite de Bourgogne Masters, Mentors John Kongsgaard, Michel Rolland, Andre Porcheret, Jean-Louis Mandrau.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
2012 Winemaker of the Year - Food & Wine Magazine

Winemaking Philosophy:
Let the grapes express their true character in each bottle.

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Pine Brook  NJ  07058
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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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Blackbird Vineyards 2015 Red Wine Napa Valley Premiere Napa Valley Cuvee 21
Pine Ridge Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 5x5 20
Blackbird Vineyards 2013 Red Wine Napa Valley 19
Darioush 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 10
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards 1997 Chardonnay Los Carneros Fournier Vineyards 3
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