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2006 Blackbird - Illustration

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 90 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 180604-2006-1500-3B
  • Rating: 91

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 90

    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.
  • Anonymous | Rating: 95

    Author: cochrane78
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Koby
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Yamadori
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Smari
  • Self | Rating: 93

    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
    Author: dougwilder
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Explosive nose of black cherry and cocoa. Black berries and marion berries on the palate. Incredible balance and fine tannin structure. Super long finish. Definitely a wow wine.
    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 9.5

    Medium ruby in the glass this wine has a nose of cocoa powder and cherries. In the mouth it is gorgeously smooth with bright cherry cola, chocolate, and juicy bing cherry flavors that dance on a lively bed of acidity. Velvety tannins sneak around the edges with a hint of sweeness and then pirouette slowly in the back of the throat for minutes. Fantastic,
    Drink Dates: 2009-2015
    Author: Vinography
  • Self | Rating:

    Very good as usual
    Author: DSR
With the designation of Napa's fourteenth AVA in 2004, Oak Knoll District is now poised to bring forth the prominence and elegance of Merlot from this region. 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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 578 bottles owned
  • 89 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 89 collectors)