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    Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2006
    Other Red Blends - Napa Valley, California

    Ratings

    • CG90
    • WS90
    Price: $84.99
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 90 Wine Spectator, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Item no. 98960

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Optimal with decanting, this elegant, full-bodied wine unfolds with aromatic notes of black cherry, toffee, cocoa powder, iris flower, and subtle leather. Upon entry, the rich, focused core, with its boastful concentration, leads to intense flavors of brambled berries and roasted meat. Framed by persistent acidity and an elegant structure, the finish illustrates the wine's longevity.

    Blend: 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Critical Acclaim:

    Shows lovely structure and finesse, offering currant and green olive aromas and appealing plum, sage and toasty vanilla notes that linger on the long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator

    86% Merlot; 11% Cabernet Franc; 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. It may well be that this ripe, lavishly oaked offering will outgrow its imposing, latter-palate astringency, for it leads with plenty of sweet black-cherry fruit and shows a nice flash of Merlot roundness before toughening and drawing up short at the finish. High richness compensates well for its evident heat, but enormous patience and great faith in the wine's future are required to take the plunge here.

    90 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide
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