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Blackbird Vineyards Illustration - 2007(PARTNER)

Blackbird Vineyards Illustration

Winery Story

After a successful career in financial services Michael Polenske followed his palate to Napa Valley. Now the owner of Blackbird Vineyards, P... (more...)olenske's found success again with his acclaimed Merlot-based blend. Blackbird Vineyards encompasses 10 acres of mostly dry farmed vines in the Oak Knoll district of Napa. Its highly allocated wines are made by the talented Sarah Gott of Joseph Phelps and Quintessa.

Tasting Note

The 2007 Illustration reveals a dense nose of plum, cherry, and mulberry with hints of iris, mint and tobacco weaved throughout. Elegant fla... (more...)vors of red currant, coffee, licorice and tobacco deliver on the palate, offering soft texture, velvety tannins, with great complexity and length. Illustration is optimal to drink after decanting or can be laid down to develop further with time in the bottle. Touted as the “vintage of the decade” by wine critics and winemakers alike, Blackbird’s 2007 wines offer approachable tannins with incredible flavor concentration and length imparted by the mild growing season.

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February 11, 2011
2007 is lovly plush, light tannins. Blavkberry and spice

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July 26, 2010

Loved this wine. Strong tobacco on the nose, thick mouth feel, and it was still fruity enough for my taste.


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