Red

2011 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oak Knoll
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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.

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  • 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+

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
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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 Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Illustration
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oak Knoll

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 374 (87%)
  • Consumed 56 (13%)

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