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2005 Blackbird - Illustration 750ml
2005 Blackbird - Illustration
USA - California - Napa - Oak Knoll District
Red / Proprietary Blend
2005 Blackbird - Illustration
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Professional Reviews


Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 174

The 2005 Proprietary Red Wine is a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from the Oak Knoll sector of Napa. Its deep ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a sweet perfume of mocha, caramelized black cherries and currants, and hints of chocolate as well as espresso. With terrific fruit, medium to full body, supple tannin, and well-integrated acidity and alcohol, it should be drunk over the next 8-10 years.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Aromas of plum and roasted sage lead to intense, youthful black cherry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors, finishing with rich, loamy tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Vinfolio Author: Vinfolio Team Issue: 138

Michael Polenske's vision is to create a consistently excellent wine by having the flexibility of building a wine out of his best lots. The backbone remains Merlot with a varying amount of Cabernet Sauvignon added when it benefits the wine.

Shows a nose of vibrant cassis, orange skins, dark cherry, blueberry, lavender, chocolate, licorice and slate aromas. The palate breaks in with hints of meaty olive shading seductive kirsch and black plum flavors. Bold and smooth on the finish. Continues to evolve over 80 hours.

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Community Reviews


James arcadia Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 02/23/2014 Drink Dates: 2009-2016

A little flat- vanilla and lavender maybe needed more time to open up


Koby Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 07/01/2012 Drink Dates: 2009-2017 Site Blog: The Wine Forum

Violet color. It's somewhat balanced with a full body. Linear texture with a medium finish - Maybe in a weird place, this wine has shown better in the past. Spicy plum, violets, currants, mocha and licorice. Just seemed a bit off and out of balance.


cochrane78 Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 05/15/2012


Bacchus2000 Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 11/13/2010 Drink Dates: 2011-2015

Dense, jammy berry, spice and vanilla flavors on the nose. The wine itself fills the mouth with opulent flavors of red and black berry fruit, licorice, spice, pepper, strawberry and plum.

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Aias Tasted On: 11/27/2009

Floral aroma - violet or lavender. Medium body with currant and plum flavors followed by spice. A little heat at the end. I opened the bottle two hours before and it continued to evolve over the next three hours. 14.5% alcohol.

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