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2014 Blackbird - Illustration

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 88 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 180604-2014-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    A blend of 65% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot is the 2014 Proprietary Red Illustration. Like it siblings, this is aged 17 months in French cooperage, of which about half is new. This is a beauty - Old World meets New World so to speak - with good tannin structure and acidity, but terrific ripe fruit of creme de cassis, black chocolate intermixed with licorice and espresso bean. This is a full-bodied, juicy, opulent style of wine to drink over the next 15 or so years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    A ripe red, with touches of elegance to the dried berry and roasted plum flavors. The broad finish has dark chocolate notes. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.
    Author: Kim Marcus
  • Vinous | Rating: 91

    The 2014 Illustration is soft, open-knit and pliant, with more than enough mid-palate depth to drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet red cherry, plum, tobacco and spice lead into the fleshy, inviting finish.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • 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

    • 38 bottles owned
    • 10 collectors