2016 Blackbird Vineyards "Illustration" Red, Napa Valley, California, USA

Plum, cherry, iris, cedar, root beer, porcini, cocoa, plum, dark chocolate. All leading into a rich finish of cocoa, cherry and black truffle.


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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.

Winemaker Notes: Purity and balance are the key words here with wonderful brightness, density and flavor. What I hate most about most Merlot is the lack of complexity. This Merlot perfectly unifies fruit, floral, earthy and spice into a very lush, velvety, smooth and dense package.

Vineyard Notes: Hudson Vineyard - Perched on a rolling hillside in the cool climate of Carneros, the Hudson Vineyard is a high-quality fruit source for Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Star Vineyard - Located in the heart of the legendary Rutherford appellation, Star Vineyard vines get wonderful sun exposure which creates powerful, luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Stagecoach Vineyard - Atop the Vaca Mountains south of Pritchard Hill, the rocky, volcanic terroir of the Stagecoach Vineyard produces intense Merlot and Cabernet Franc.


Founded in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Bordeaux-inspired wines. Blackbird Vineyards fosters long-term partnerships with premium vineyard sources throughout Napa Valley, where growers are passionate about their approach to farming. These vineyards are hand-selected for their health, superiority and exceptional fruit quality, allowing Winemaker Aaron Pott to produce elegantly styled, appropriately balanced red wines that offer short and long term cellaring potential. Blackbird Vineyards wines are available direct from the winery and in the finer restaurants and hotels around the country. Our tasting room RiverHouse is located in downtown Napa, on the historic Napa riverfront.


Grape(s) Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming Sustainable