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2006 Blackbird - Illustration 750ml
2006 Blackbird - Illustration
USA - California - Napa - Oak Knoll District
Red / Proprietary Blend
2006 Blackbird - Illustration
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Professional Reviews


Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 186

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 mouthfeel. The finish is filled with sweet, velvety tannins and lush fruit. Enjoy it over the next 12-15+ years.

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Wine Spectator

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.

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Vinfolio Author: Vinfolio Team

A blend of 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and a mere 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Illustration exhibits a beautiful dark cherry red, opaque color. The Merlot fruit is certainly the predominant force behind the nose with loads of blueberry, toffee, chocolate, violets, and a subtle hint of black licorice. On the palate loads of spices such as cinnamon and anise are followed by even more dark berry fruit combined with brambles, roasted meat, and just a touch of melted brown sugar. There is a lot of good structure and tannin to this "Pomerol" blend. After 20 months in French oak barrels, 82% of which are new, this luxurious red is a treat now but definitely something to enjoy for at least the next 10-15 years.

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Community Reviews


Koby Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 01/19/2014 Site Blog: The Wine Forum


Yamadori Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 12/30/2011

DSR Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 09/01/2011

Very good as usual


Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 12/07/2009


dougwilder Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/17/2009 Site Blog: dougwilder - the purely domestic wine blog

1195 cases, 14.5% alcohol 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas: Black cherry, herb, graphite and quince Palate: Firm tannic entry with huge fruit; blackberry, polished cherry, chocolate and herb

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