2012 Blackbird Vineyards US Red Blend "Illustration"
Winery: Blackbird Vineyards
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Illustration"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 64% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 840
KWG Score: 93.3 (based on 6 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)
Review date: September 13, 2015
Wine Review: This very dark ruby Merlot based blend from Blackbird is Excellent! It opens with an attractive black cherry and blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nice balanced, super smooth and rich. The flavor profile is a delicious blend of black cherry and black currant with beautifully integrated refined minerality and mild oak. I also detected a hint of black raspberry as well. The finish is dry and its fine tannins stick around for quite some time. This wine is terrific. I would pair this wine with a well-marbled dry-aged ribeye. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2012 Illustration demonstrates elegant notes of expresso and black licorice, with opulent red fruit and lavender aromas. The softly-structured mid-palate offers great density and abundant flavors of black cherry, tobacco and cedar. The Finish is persistent in length with sophisticated tannins leading to a smooth mouthfeel. Drinking well upon release, Illustration will age beautifully with time in the cellar. With no frost, a mild spring and summer, and a peaceful fall, the Illustration benefited from what some say was an ideal growing season.
Organic status: not organic
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