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2002 Blankiet - Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard 750ml
2002 Blankiet - Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Blankiet - Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
96

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 120

($125) Saturated ruby. Knockout nose combines blueberry pastille, black raspberry, minerals, violet, espresso and sexy oak. Hugely complex, superripe and dry, with flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, mocha, smoke and minerals that reach every nook and cranny of the palate. This is just at the limit of surmaturite (the alcohol here is 14.7%, high for this site but not at all excessive by today's North Coast cabernet standards), but does not cross over the line. Finishes with broad, spreading tannins that reach the front teeth and come across as even lusher than those of the 2002 merlo t.

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 201

This beautiful hillside vineyard is situated behind the Dominus Estate in Yountville. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has turned out even better than I predicted seven years ago. Made by Helen Turley when she was the consultant at Blankiet from tightly spaced, steep hillside vineyards planted by her husband, John Wetlaufer, it exhibits a beautiful nose of flowers, high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis, chocolate, espresso and blueberries. Extraordinarily young, fresh and fabulously concentrated, this wine still impresses with its intensity, complexity and youthfulness. It will probably not peak in quality for a decade, and has 20-30 years of further aging potential.

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Community Reviews

92

DartAdam Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/18/2013 Drink Dates: 2014-2022

Nose of prune, plum and licorice plus a bit of soft alcohol. This has tannins front to back with notes on the front and the back of the tongue. This was built to age. Fruit is ripe and mature and the color is dark purple. Quite tasty, refined and elegant. Nuanced rather than powerful. I like this wine but I guess I'm still thinking it needs more time in spite of friends and critics suggesting its peaking now. I'd like to see the tannins mellow a bit more and expose the fruit. We've saved half the bottle and I will amend the notes if tomorrow is substantially different.

92

DrinkBeHappy Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 10/21/2011

95

Johnnymd Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 08/09/2009

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