Wine Advocate | Rating: 91A Merlot-dominated cuvee (75%-80% Merlot), the 2012 Proprietary Red Illustration is a sexy, chocolaty style of wine offering notes of ink, kirsch and black fruits. Lush, medium-bodied, deep, sensual and hedonistic, it can be drunk over the next 7-8 years.Drink Dates: 2014-2022Author: Robert Parker
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 90A solid red with plum, mahogany, and chocolate character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. A blend of 64% merlot, 34% cabernet franc, and 2% cabernet sauvignon. Drink now.Author: James Suckling
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89Firm and focused, with aromas of currant and mineral and dense layers of blackberry, green olive and cedar. The tannins are tightly wound. Hands off for now. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.Drink Dates: 2017-2022Author: Tim Fish
Vinous | Rating: 92The 2012 Illustration, Blackbird's Merlot-based blend, brings together power and silkiness with unusual grace. Drink this supple, racy red over the next handful of years, while the flavors remain juicy and vibrant.Drink Dates: 2015-2022Author: Antonio Galloni
Self | Rating: 90Author: alshoh01
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.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 104 bottles owned
- 23 collectors
- Average collector rating: 90
(Out of 23 collectors)