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2005 Blackbird - Illustration Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Oak Knoll District - Red

USA - California - Napa - Oak Knoll District

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2016 VF: 2009-2016
12 for sale

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Source Vinfolio
Issue 138

Michael Polenske's vision is to create a consistently excellent wine by having the flexibility of building a wine out of his best lots. The backbone remains Merlot with a varying amount of Cabernet Sauvignon added when it benefits the wine. <br><br/> Shows a nose of vibrant cassis, orange skins, dark cherry, blueberry, lavender, chocolate, licorice and slate aromas. The palate breaks in with hints of meaty olive shading seductive kirsch and black plum flavors. Bold and smooth on the finish. Continues to evolve over 80 hours.

Author James arcadia
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 87.5%
Tasted On 02/23/2014
Drink Dates 2009-2016

A little flat- vanilla and lavender maybe needed more time to open up

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Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.574%
Tasted On 07/01/2012
Drink Dates 2009-2017

Violet color. It's somewhat balanced with a full body. Linear texture with a medium finish - Maybe in a weird place, this wine has shown better in the past. Spicy plum, violets, currants, mocha and licorice. Just seemed a bit off and out of balance.

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Author cochrane78
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.312%
Tasted On 05/15/2012
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Author Bacchus2000
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/13/2010
Drink Dates 2011-2015

Dense, jammy berry, spice and vanilla flavors on the nose. The wine itself fills the mouth with opulent flavors of red and black berry fruit, licorice, spice, pepper, strawberry and plum.

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Author Aias
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.444%
Tasted On 11/27/2009

Floral aroma - violet or lavender. Medium body with currant and plum flavors followed by spice. A little heat at the end. I opened the bottle two hours before and it continued to evolve over the next three hours. 14.5% alcohol.

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Author QuadD
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 71.429%
Tasted On 12/03/2008
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