Blackbird Vineyards


  • “This impressive portfolio was assembled by winemaker Aaron Pott. Blackbird’s mission statement is to make artisanal, Pomerol-inspired wines from Napa Valley, and they appear to be succeeding.” (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate)
  • "Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers. Aaron Pott is taking Napa Cabernet Sauvignon back to its roots avoiding artificially concentrated, super fruity wines championing profound single-vineyard reds. He also makes wines for star properties like Blackbird, Seven Stones, Quixote and Bello Family. Potts influences are far-ranging, he has managed Bordeaux châteaus and made wines all over the world, but his true inspiration is his home turf, Napa. He was named Winemaker of the Year in 2012 by Food & Wine Magazine." (Into Wine)

Basic Info

Since 1999, the Blackbird Vineyard (a former walnut orchard first planted with 5,717 Merlot vines in 1997) quietly provided fruit to many of Napa's finest winemakers, for whom it yielded astonishing comments from Napa Valley veterans and noteworthy editorialists. Purchased by Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is now an ultra-premium label in its own right. Fittingly, the word 'Merlot' is French patois for 'little blackbird.' Since the premier release with our 2003 vintage, Blackbird Vineyards' winemaking team has handcrafted truly expressive wines with a focus on the varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. By utilizing the natural advantage of a 10-acre estate vineyard which produces exceptional Merlot in the Oak Knoll District--along with meticulously sourcing fruit of comparable quality--our portfolio reflects artisanal, terroir-driven wines of pedigree with each vintage. With the designation of Napa's fourteenth AVA in 2004, the Oak Knoll District is well poised to bring forth the prominence and elegance of Napa Valley Merlot - with an inspiration from Pomerol. The Merlot based wines of Pomerol have historically challenged the first growths of Bordeaux, a forbearer to Oak Knoll's future. Similar to the Pomerol region of Bordeaux, the Oak Knoll District is akin in its soil composition, microclimate, and rural qualities. Our affinity for Merlot (and other Bordeaux varietals) is reflected in each wonderfully aromatic, rich, and polished vintage.

Napa Valley
Sub region:
Oak Knoll District
Year founded:
Michael Polenske
Aaron Pott