2011 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration

Merlot Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Oak Knoll
Drink between 2013 - 2018
CT91.8 5 reviews
Borrowed from N.V.
Borrowed from 2006
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • 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+

  • Nutty08 Likes this wine: (94 points)

    April 27, 2013 - 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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2014, 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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Blackbird Vineyards
  • Varietal Merlot Blend
  • Designation Illustration
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oak Knoll

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 268 (94%)
  • Consumed 14 (5%)

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