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Blackbird Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll Proprietary Red 2006

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Illustration represents the core - the heart - of Blackbird Vineyards. Every element of Blackbird's multi-faceted wine portfolio draws inspiration from this singular, Pomerol-inspired Merlot. It is an undiluted illustration of the passion, time and concentration invested in creating elegant, multi-layered wines. Illustration challenges the notion that Cabernet Sauvignon is the only age-worthy red wine crafted in the Napa Valley.86% Merlot 11% Cabernet Franc 3% Cabernet SauvignonHarvestOctober 12, 2006ReleaseFall 2008Barrel Regime20 months in French Oak barrels 82% new, 18% seasonedpH3.63%Total Acidity0.55Alcohol14.5% Unfiltered and UnfinedProduction1,195 casesOptimum Drinking2008 - 2020

Region: USA » California » Napa » Oak Knoll
Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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Blackbird Vineyards:
Founded in 2003 by Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District—a region appreciated for its moderate climate and deep, gravelly soils. The vineyard’s valley floor topography presents optimum growing conditions for consulting winemaker Sarah Go... Read more
Founded in 2003 by Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District—a region appreciated for its moderate climate and deep, gravelly soils. The vineyard’s valley floor topography presents optimum growing conditions for consulting winemaker Sarah Gott and winemaker Aaron Pott to produce elegantly styled, appropriately balanced red wines that offer short and long term cellaring potential. Limited quantities are available through an allocated mailing list direct from the winery and in the finer restaurants and hotels around the world. Blackbird Vineyards is closed to the public but its portfolio of wines can be tasted at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley in Yountville, CA. www.maisonry.com Read less

Member Reviews for Blackbird Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll Proprietary Red

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
4.00 5
02/24/2011

an elegant, full bodied wine loaded with dark fruits, black cherry, chocolate. brambled berry fruit, deep notes as it tasted amazing with our rich pork dish. certainly has aging potential as does the 07. although the 06 has naturally opened up more so I preferred it.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
10/02/2009

Very nice Merlot. Lots of cherry on the nose, cherryand rasberry on the palate. Nice smooth tannis and decent complexity.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
10/02/2009

Medium to full body wine that smells of black cherry and chocolate. Stronger fruit than Arise and more refined.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
5.00 5
03/16/2009

Great chalky nose, very rich and the fact that its mountain fruit comes across clearly. Lots of minerality throughout balanced with very nice blueberry and cedar notes. My wine of the tasting.


External Reviews for Blackbird Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll Proprietary Red

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/23/2010

The 2006 Illustration, a blend of 86% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, offers sweet, smoky, cola, black currant, coffee, new saddle leather, cocoa, spice box, and tobacco characteristics as well as a lush, round, heady mouth... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 750ml



Illustration represents the core - the heart - of Blackbird Vineyards. Every element of Blackbird's multi-faceted wine portfolio draws inspiration from this singular, Pomerol-inspired Merlot. It is an undiluted illustration of the passion, time and concentration invested in creating elegant, multi-layered wines. Illustration challenges the notion that Cabernet Sauvignon is the only age-worthy red wine crafted in the Napa Valley.86% Merlot 11% Cabernet Franc 3% Cabernet SauvignonHarvestOctober 12, 2006ReleaseFall 2008Barrel Regime20 months in French Oak barrels 82% new, 18% seasonedpH3.63%Total Acidity0.55Alcohol14.5% Unfiltered and UnfinedProduction1,195 casesOptimum Drinking2008 - 2020

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