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2011 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration
Red Bordeaux Blend
- Napa Valley
- Oak Knoll
Community Tasting Notes 7
pitcrewstrategist Likes this wine: (92 points)
April 12, 2016 - A true wow for a merlot drinking like, well a cab..or blend. hmmm. cherry, smoky, went well with lasagne. Smells beautiful and drinks to the end- after an hour really opened up...love the birds (blackbirds).... nicejob.1 person found this helpful Comment
Mech-E Likes this wine: (93 points)
May 24, 2015 - 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.
jkvedar Likes this wine: (92 points)
October 19, 2014 - smooth. Mixture of red and dark fruit on the most. The merlot comes through on the palate. Long pleasant finish.
richshoes Likes this wine: (92 points)
April 26, 2014 - 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...
BigBoy_Sonoma Likes this wine: (89 points)
February 15, 2014 - Dark fruit, pepper, tobacco, spice, oak. Tannins are well integrated. B+
Pro Reviews 3
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)
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By Antonio Galloni
2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013) (link)
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By Richard Jennings
5/31/2014 (link) 92 points
(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
- Vintage 2011
- Type Red
- Producer Blackbird Vineyards
- Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
- Designation Illustration
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Napa Valley
- Appellation Oak Knoll
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 375 (87%)
- Consumed 57 (13%)