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2013 Illustration
Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine

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Illustration represents the core - the heart - of Blackbird Vineyards. Every element of Blackbird's multi-faceted wine portfolio draws inspiration from this singular, Pomerol-inspired Merlot. It is an undiluted illustration of the passion, time and concentration invested in creating elegant, multi-layered wines. Illustration challenges the notion that Cabernet Sauvignon is the only age-worthy red wine crafted in the Napa Valley.

"Illustration is the most decadent of the Blackbird wines, scented with dark fruits, chocolate, flowers, and licorice. The palate is dense with abundant flavors of plum, blackberry, sarsaparilla, and eucalyptus. The rich texture envelops the lithe tannins for a luscious mouthfeel and rich finish. Drinking well upon release, Illustration will age beautifully with time in the cellar. "Winemaker, Aaron Pott
Blend60% Merlot
30% Cabernet Franc
10% Cabernet Sauvignon
HarvestFall 2013
ReleaseSpring 2016
Barrel Regime21 months in French Oak barrels - 75% new, 25% seasoned
Alcohol14.5%
Production40 barrels
Optimum Drinking2016 - 2029
Release Price$135 per 750ml bottle

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Arriviste, Dissonance, Arise, Illustration, Paramour, Contrarian, and Denary are true examples of Blackbird's ongoing commitment to quality by partnering with a selection of Napa Valley's most prestigious vineyards.


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