Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 2011
75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Illustration reprents the core of the blackbird. 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 the Napa Valley. "The heart is full of infinite possibilities."
The 2011 Illustration demonstrates elegant notes of cinnamon and black licorice, with opulent red fruit and iris 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 mouth feel. Drinking well upon release, Illustration will age beautifully with time in the cellar. The cooler-than-normal 2011 Napa Valley grape-growing season concluded in an expedited harvest. The outcome was a vintage with flavors developed at lower brix, resulting in truly elegant wines with European-style texture and great complexity.