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Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2006

Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2006

Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

Price: $84.99
Item No. 98960
  • WS90
  • CG90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Optimal with decanting, this elegant, full-bodied wine unfolds with aromatic notes of black cherry, toffee, cocoa powder, iris flower, and subtle leather. Upon entry, the rich, focused core, with its boastful concentration, leads to intense flavors of brambled berries and roasted meat. Framed by persistent acidity and an elegant structure, the finish illustrates the wine's longevity.

Blend: 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

"Shows lovely structure and finesse, offering currant and green olive aromas and appealing plum, sage and toasty vanilla notes that linger on the long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon."
90 Points

"86% Merlot; 11% Cabernet Franc; 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. It may well be that this ripe, lavishly oaked offering will outgrow its imposing, latter-palate astringency, for it leads with plenty of sweet black-cherry fruit and shows a nice flash of Merlot roundness before toughening and drawing up short at the finish. High richness compensates well for its evident heat, but enormous patience and great faith in the wine's future are required to take the plunge here. "
90 Points

Learn About Blackbird Vineyards Map ItMap It

Perched to seize the day as Oak Knoll's foremost Merlot is Blackbird Vineyards, located in the heart of the district. Since 1999, this former walnut orchard, first planted with 5717 vines two years earlier, has quietly provided fruit to many of Napa's finest winemakers, for whom it has yielded astonishing reviews and stellar scorings. Purchased by entrepreneur Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is now an ultra premium label in its own right. (Fittingly, 'Merlot' is French patois for 'Little Blackbird.')

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

Read More About Napa Valley

Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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