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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2007
Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2007
(search item no. 104502)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Illustration reveals a dense nose of plum, cherry, and mulberry with hints of iris, mint and tobacco weaved throughout. Elegant flavors of red currant, coffee, licorice and tobacco deliver on the palate, offering soft texture, velvety tannins, with great complexity and length. Illustration is optimal to drink after decanting or can be laid down to develop further with time in the bottle. Touted as the "vintage of the decade" by wine critics and winemakers alike, Blackbird's 2007 wines offer approachable tannins with incredible flavor concentration and length imparted by the mild growing season.
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About Blackbird Vineyards:

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.')