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2006 Blackbird - Illustration Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Oak Knoll District - Red

USA - California - Napa - Oak Knoll District

Red Proprietary Blend
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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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93
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2015 VF: 2009-2020
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Source Vinfolio

A blend of 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and a mere 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Illustration exhibits a beautiful dark cherry red, opaque color. The Merlot fruit is certainly the predominant force behind the nose with loads of blueberry, toffee, chocolate, violets, and a subtle hint of black licorice. On the palate loads of spices such as cinnamon and anise are followed by even more dark berry fruit combined with brambles, roasted meat, and just a touch of melted brown sugar. There is a lot of good structure and tannin to this "Pomerol" blend. After 20 months in French oak barrels, 82% of which are new, this luxurious red is a treat now but definitely something to enjoy for at least the next 10-15 years.

Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.187%
Tasted On 01/19/2014
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Author Yamadori
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.436%
Tasted On 12/30/2011
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Author DSR
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 09/01/2011

Very good as usual

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 88.961%
Tasted On 12/07/2009
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Author dougwilder
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Tasted On 10/17/2009

1195 cases, 14.5% alcohol 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas: Black cherry, herb, graphite and quince Palate: Firm tannic entry with huge fruit; blackberry, polished cherry, chocolate and herb

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Author Smari
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Tasted On 04/08/2009
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Author Vinography
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Site / Blog Vinography: A Wine Blog Trust Rating 98.611%
Tasted On 10/24/2008
Drink Dates 2009-2015

Medium ruby in the glass this wine has a nose of cocoa powder and cherries. In the mouth it is gorgeously smooth with bright cherry cola, chocolate, and juicy bing cherry flavors that dance on a lively bed of acidity. Velvety tannins sneak around the edges with a hint of sweeness and then pirouette slowly in the back of the throat for minutes. Fantastic,

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Author Hal
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.062%
Tasted On 10/12/2008

Explosive nose of black cherry and cocoa. Black berries and marion berries on the palate. Incredible balance and fine tannin structure. Super long finish. Definitely a wow wine.

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