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2015 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 750ml

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Illustration

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1.5L
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3.0L
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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 inviting aromas of rich dark fruits, black licorice, cocoa, and eucalyptus, Illustration is the most luxurious wine in the Blackbird portfolio. Rich flavors of blackberry, plum, cola, and cedar envelop the palate, intensifying the texture and supple tannins. This wine is stunning now and will continue to develop with time in the cellar." Winemaker, Aaron Pott
With inviting aromas of rich dark fruits, black licorice, cocoa, and eucalyptus, Illustration is the most luxurious wine in the Blackbird portfolio. Rich flavors of blackberry, plum, cola, and cedar envelop the palate, intensifying the texture and supple tannins. This wine is stunning now and will continue to develop with time in the cellar.
Blend 60% Merlot - 23% Cabernet Franc - 17% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Fall 2015
Release Spring 2018
Barrel Regime 21 months in French oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol 14.5 %
Production 12 barrels
Optimum Drinking 2018 - 2031
Release Price $135.00 per 750ml bottle

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Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
94 Points
"The latest iteration of Blackbird's Illustration hits the mark smartly once again, and, while its tightly knit structure and layered mix of black cherries, cassis, cola, graphite and hardwoody sweetness invite comparison to fine claret, it is a claret of considerable size and substance. Its ample tannins leave a bit of gruff astringency in their wake and mandate no fewer than a half-dozen years of waiting, yet the wine is wonderfully refined and conveys nary an inkling of coarseness, and it is guaranteed to grow with grace for a very long time."
Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
November 2017
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
93 Points
"The 2015 Illustration, Blackbird's Merlot-based red, is plump, juicy and forward. Succulent red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and sweet spice fill out the wine's mid-weight frame effortlessly. Soft contours and silky tannins add to the wine's considerable charm. Drink it over the next few years."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
May 2018
Purely Domestic Wine Report
93 Points
"The nose is pure, crushed blackberry accented with cherry, mint and buttercream suppleness. The palate is dense chocolate, plum and lush cherry sprinkled with fine-grained spice. Beautiful with some youthful textured tannins."
Purely Domestic Wine Report

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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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