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2014 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 750ml

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Illustration

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Illustration represents the core of Blackbird Vineyards. Every element of its multi-faceted wine portfolio draws inspiration from this principally Merlot composition. Illustration challenges the notion that Cabernet Sauvignon is the only age-worthy red wine crafted in Napa Valley.

"With enticing aromas of rich dark fruits, black licorice, cocoa, and lavender, Illustration is the most luxurious wine in the Blackbird portfolio. Teeming flavors of blackberry, plum, cola, and cedar envelop the palate, amplifying the rich texture and supple tannins. This wine is drinking beautifully upon release and will continue to develop with time in the cellar." Winemaker, Aaron Pott
With enticing aromas of rich dark fruits, black licorice, cocoa, and lavender, Illustration is the most luxurious wine in the Blackbird portfolio. Teeming flavors of blackberry, plum, cola, and cedar envelop the palate, amplifying the rich texture and supple tannins. This wine is drinking beautifully upon release and will continue to develop with time in the cellar.
Blend 65% Merlot - 21% Cabernet Franc - 7% Cabernet Sauvignon - 7% Petit Verdot
Harvest Fall 2014
Release Spring 2017
Barrel Regime 21 months in French Oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol 14.5 %
Production 40 barrels
Optimum Drinking 2017 - 2030
Release Price $135 per 750ml bottle

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Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
95 Points
"Although very dense and substantial, the 2014 Illustration exhibits a sense of sophistication uncommon in wines that are as extracted as it is, and, while absolutely demanding of age, it already teases with glimpses of layering that should make waiting easy. It is ripe and moderately tannic, but very deep, black cherry fruit sets its course, and we harbor no doubts at all about its certain ability to gain considerable polish and grow increasingly complex for some five to ten years."
Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
Purely Domestic Wine Report
93 Points
"Nicely saturated color, the nose is captivating in its pure expression of crushed blackberry cut with a fresh, bright currant and notes of lavender and oak. The palate entry is velvety and mouth coating offering a spicy core of licorice, black cherry and firm, sculpted acidity."
Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report
Wine Advocate
92 Points
"A blend of 65% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot is the 2014 Proprietary Red Illustration. Like it siblings, this is aged 17 months in French cooperage, of which about half is new. This is a beauty – Old World meets New World so to speak – with good tannin structure and acidity, but terrific ripe fruit of crème de cassis, black chocolate intermixed with licorice and espresso bean. This is a full-bodied, juicy, opulent style of wine to drink over the next 15 or so years."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
91 Points
"The 2014 Illustration is soft, open-knit and pliant, with more than enough mid-palate depth to drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet red cherry, plum, tobacco and spice lead into the fleshy, inviting finish."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
January 2017

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*Wine Options *Minimum Annual Quantity *Guaranteed Bottle Pricing (as of March 2017)
Illustration     6     $135
Paramour     6     $135
Contrarian     6     $135
Arise     12     $54
Dissonance     24     $32
Arriviste     24     $28

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