2006 Blackbird - Illustration 750ml

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VF 94   WA 91   WS 90   Collector 93
2006 Blackbird - Illustration Front View
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinfolio | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: Vinfolio Team

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Wine Advocate | 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.

Drink Dates: 2009-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Wine Spectator | 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.

Drink Dates: 2009-2014

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: DSR
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/01/2011
Very good as usual

Rating: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 12/07/2009

Rating: 93
Author: dougwilder
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/17/2009
Site Blog: purely domestic wine report 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

Rating: 90
Author: Yamadori
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/30/2011

Rating: 88
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/19/2014
Site Blog: The Wine Forum

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

599 bottles owned by 162 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

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