Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 2012
Wine EnthusiastThis blend combines 64% Merlot with 34% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon to nice effect, offering cranberry and red, juicy plum around softly cradled tannins and well-resolved oak. Juicy, structured and fully balanced, the finish sparks elements of leather with tobacco.
Wine AdvocateA Merlot-dominated cuvée (75%-80% Merlot), the 2012 Proprietary Red Illustration is a sexy, chocolaty 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.
Wine SpectatorFirm and focused, with aromas of currant and mineral and dense layers of blackberry, green olive and cedar. The tannins are tightly wound. Hands off for now. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2017 through 2022. 840 cases made.