Complex aromas of blueberry, violets, espresso, and eucalyptus encircle the nose of this elegant Cabernet Franc-blend. Layers of Bing cherry, blackberry, and savory herbs combine with fine-grained tannins on the palate, leading to a round, supple finish with persistent length. Enjoy now or cellar over the next decade or more.
"Another terrific example of Blackbird is the 2014 Proprietary Red Paramour, a fabulous blend of 84% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. The Cabernet Franc comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard. Consultant Aaron Pott said he thinks they have a magical spot for it on that large eastern Napa Valley mountain site. This is terrific stuff from the super-intense fragrance of white flowers and forest floor to the blueberry, black raspberry and graphite notes. The wine hits the palate with dazzling fruit intensity, loads of glycerin, a round, juicy, succulent mouthfeel, a layered personality and a long, supple finish. Drink it now or over the next 15+ years." – Robert Parker of Wine Advocate, 95pts
"One of the finest Cabernet Franc-based wines I have tasted, the handsome and ultra-rich 2014 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour—comprised of 84% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Merlot—displays tremendous richness on the palate. The wine's black fruit, savory herbs, and smooth textures pair it well with a rosemary-infused leg of lamb." – Wilfred Wong of Wine.com, 95pts
"Generous in well-extracted fruit but also a wine of genuine sophistication, the 2014 Paramour is a weighty, yet stylish offering that matches power with great finesse. It slowly unfolds in the glass and shows layer upon layer of concentrated currant and black cherry fruit infused with lovely, wholly sympathetic oak and accents of woodsy spice, and, while moderately tannic, it is never rough or abrasive and evokes an inviting sense of winemaking polish from entry to finish. It is not, however, a wine to consider for drinking in the near future and will only begin to reach its full potential after another half-dozen years have passed." – Connoisseurs Guide, 94pts
"The 2014 Paramour is a seriously impressive bottle of wine from winemaker Aaron Pott. Blackcurrants, chocolate, lots of earthy minerality and loamy soil notes give way to a ripe, polished, plump Cabernet Franc that has solid balance and texture. A blend of 84% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Merlot that spent 21 months in 75% new French oak, give it 3-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 15-20 years." – Jeb Dunnuck, 93pts
"The 2014 Paramour is one of the more tightly wound wines in this range. Sweet herbs, mocha, tobacco and cedar open up first. Beams of firm, youthful tannin give the wine its sense of proportion. Long and nicely delineated, the 2014 is going to need a few years to come into its own, but it is quite pretty, even today." – Antonio Galloni of Vinous, 92pts
84% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot