Wild Arc Farm Blackbird 2018 is a rosato style natural wine made from a blend of 50% Noiret and 50% Cayuga farmed sustainably in the Hudson River Region, New York State. As the back label says "this field blend of Noiret and Cayuga was grown on granitic loam in the Hudson River Region, New York State. It was hand-harvested and co-fermented for 4 weeks before being pressed into neutral French oak barrels. Noiret has a distinctive black pepper note, similar to cool-climate Syrah, so the addition of the floral Cayuga was a nod to some of our favorite Northern Rhone Style wines". Blackbird 2018 is unfined and unfiltered.
A 50/50 white and red blend of the hybrid grapes Cayuga and Noiret. Light and peppery, the wine is in the style of a Northern Rhone red, though perhaps brighter than that overall. Very good with a light chill. The fruit is from the Hudson River Region of New York and the wine is made at Wild Arc Farm in Pine Bush. All hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts. No filtering or fining and nothing is added save a small sulfites dose at crush.