Blackbird Vineyards 2012 Illustration Red (92 pts)
Illustration represents the core – the heart – of Blackbird Vineyards. Every element of Blackbird's multi-faceted wineportfolio draws inspiration from this singular, Pomerol-inspired Merlot. It is an undiluted illustration of the passion, timeand concentration invested in creating elegant, multi-layered wines. Illustration challenges the notion that CabernetSauvignon is the only age-worthy red wine crafted in Napa Valley. - Winemakers Notes
92 Points, Vinous / Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Illustration, Blackbird's Merlot-based blend, brings together power and silkiness with unusual grace. Drink this supple, racy red over the next handful of years, while the flavors remain juicy and vibrant."
91 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "A Merlot-dominated cuvee (75%-80% Merlot), the 2012 Proprietary Red Illustration is a sexy, chocolatey style of wine offering notes of ink, kirsch and black fruits. Lush, medium-bodied, deep, sensual and hedonistic, it can be drunk over the next 7-8 years. "