2018 Blackbird Illustration


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Illustration represents the core of Blackbird Vineyards. 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 Napa Valley.

Blend 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production 10 Barrels
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
94 Points
"The 2018 Illustration is rich, sensual and so inviting. The Merlot-based Illustration is super-expressive right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, licorice and new leather build in a succulent, racy wine that will drink beautifully right out of the gate. Dollops of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon round out the blend. Vineyard sources include Stagecoach, Hudson, Star and Crocker Starr."
Vinous Media - By Antonio Galloni
January 2021
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*Wine Options *Minimum Annual Quantity *Guaranteed Bottle Pricing (as of January 2019)
Illustration     6     $135
Paramour     6     $135
Contrarian     6     $135
Arise     12     $58
Dissonance     24     $32
Arriviste     24     $28

*Applies to current vintage offerings only. Library wines excluded.