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2018 Blackbird Vineyards "Dissonance" Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon

SKU #1477058 92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Dissonance is bright and finely cut, with tons of varietal character. Lemon peel, mint, dried herbs white pepper, sage and white flowers give this brisk, taut Sauvignon its distinctive feel. The 2018 includes 12% Semillon, but that is not especially obvious. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (LPB) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Its curious and somewhat misleading title notwithstanding, there is nothing in the least dissonant or discordant about this very well-crafted wine, and it instead evokes fine balance and polish while honing in on deep and continuous, lightly grassy, green melon fruit from beginning to end. It is moderately full-bodied and firmly structured with nary a suggestion of softness, but neither is it stiff or stark, and it shows plenty of fruity flesh on it solid structural bones. It will make for tasty drinking in the short term but is sure to reward cellar time, and we anticipate increasing complexity to be revealed over the next three to five years. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Aaron Pott gets the Sauvignon Blanc for this wine from the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, while the blend’s 12 percent of Semillon comes from a site in Knights Valley. He ferments and ages most of it in clay amphorae; one-third ferments and ages in new French oak barrels. The oak char from the barrels is apparent, but doesn’t get in the way of the mellow abrasion of the lemony fruit. The wine feels broad and elegant, with a radish-like spice that sets it up for Dungeness crab. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark This estate always makes a racy style of Sauvignon Blanc and their 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Dissonance is no exception. Bright citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and minty notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate. Drink it over the coming year or so. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

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