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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 8 
TypeRed
ProducerBlackbird Vineyards (web)
VarietyMerlot Blend
DesignationIllustration
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationOak Knoll

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Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2016 (based on 2 user opinions)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 7 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Mech-E on 5/24/2015 & rated 93 points: In terms of enjoyment, this bottle delivered. On sale (for 67.99), this is a no-brainer. The smell of Oakville permeates this wine. Gave it 3 hours in the decanter prior to tasting. Spicy, sweet, with a little briar thrown in. If it were only a little more dense...this would be a true stunner. As it is, a very enjoyable effort with some dry-aged ribeyes. (110 views)
 Tasted by jkvedar on 10/19/2014 & rated 92 points: smooth. Mixture of red and dark fruit on the most. The merlot comes through on the palate. Long pleasant finish. (635 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 5/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Black-tinged dark red violet color; coffee, tar, ripe black fruit nose; tasty, creamy textured, ripe black fruit, coffee, cedar palate; medium-plus finish (75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) 92+ points (686 views)
 Tasted by richshoes on 4/26/2014 & rated 92 points: solid, robust, fat wine with a little bit of unbalance with regard to the alcohol. 75% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet...tasty and easy to drink...big, mocha, cherry... (853 views)
 Tasted by BigBoy_Sonoma on 2/15/2014 & rated 89 points: Dark fruit, pepper, tobacco, spice, oak. Tannins are well integrated. B+ (890 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 4/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Bassins 28th Annual California Barrel Tasting (Mandarin Hotel, Washington, DC): Barrel sample, not a final blend. My final wine of the day and what a way to end it. I seriously had flashbacks to tasting the ’11 right bank bdx EP. The cab franc dominated the nose and palate with an herbal, slightly green, killer nose that was both classy and powerful. The palate was more laissez-faire, and much less concentrated than the ’10, but was also much more expressive at this stage. Not a wine for everyone, as the green/herbal edge of the cab franc will likely turn off many Cali drinkers used to polished perfectly ripe fruit, but I found this to be a fantastic expression of the vintage and the most interesting cab franc dominated wine I’ve ever had from Cali. 93-95 (1652 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174
(Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013)
(Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/31/2014)
(Blackbird Vineyards Illustration) Black-tinged dark red violet color; coffee, tar, ripe black fruit nose; tasty, creamy textured, ripe black fruit, coffee, cedar palate; medium-plus finish (75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) 92+ points  92 points
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