Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot 2004
$239.95 + GST
Napa Valley, United States
95 Points – Wine Enthusiast
This is a stunning Merlot, impossibly rich. Saturated and opaque in color, it tastes fat and flashy, with masses of cherry and blackberry jam, anise, chocolate and Provençal herb flavors. Yet this opulently soft wine has a classic structure, backed up with firm tannins. This is a profound Merlot
About Blanket :
Blankiet Estate was created in 1996 by Claude Blankiet and his wife, Katherine. It is located in the western hills of Yountville in Napa Valley. From 46 acres on the foothills of the Mayacamas range, 16 acres of vineyard have been developed by renowned viticulturist David Abreu. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were planted on volcanic ash and fractured rock, and Merlot on the clay deposited by streams draining the mountain ridge above. Helen Turley was hired as winemaker and responsible for the first eight vintages. Then in 2006, Martha McClellan-Levy took over winemaking, assisted by oenologist, Michel Rolland from Pomerol.
Robert Parker validated the potential of Blankiet’s terroir stating that the wines produced “combines the extraordinary power of the site with unbelievable elegance and definition.” Future plans for the vineyard include planting of additional Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Petit Verdot.
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