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2009 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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WS 88
DW 92
IWC 93
Drink Dates
DW: 2013-2022 WS: 2015-2019
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 162

(81% merlot, 16% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon): Bright ruby-red. Sexy, vibrant aromas of black cherry, dark raspberry, cassis, chocolate and licorice. Densely packed and sharply delineated, boasting excellent intensity to its cherry, currant, spice and licorice flavors. Richer than the Arise, but without any impression of excess weight. This has a pH near 4 but a mineral element counters the impression of low acidity. The serious, mounting finish features firm but very fine tannins. Blackbird, whose wines are made by the talented Aaron Pott, describes itself as "an artisanal producer of Pomerol-inspired wines" and this beauty could be Exhibit A.

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WS 88
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2015-2019

Dense and wound tightly, but with a core of lovely fruit at the center. Aromas of blackberry, olive and cedar lead to concentrated flavors of cherry, roasted sage and fresh earth. Tannins hold a grip for now. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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DW 92
Source purely domestic wine report
Issue 3
Drink Dates 2013-2022

Blueberry and black currant in the nose, it shows a somewhat youthfully angular palate with polished black fruits in the core. Needs a year or two to open up more, as it is showing very primary at this stage.

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