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2012 Blackbird Illustration

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 90 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 180604-2012

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    A 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: 2014-2022
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 90

    A 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: 89

    Firm 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: 2017-2022
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Vinous | Rating: 92

    The 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: 2015-2022
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: alshoh01
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

  • 104 bottles owned
  • 23 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 23 collectors)