2004 Blankiet - Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard 1.5L

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2004 Blankiet - Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard
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($115; includes 10% cabernet franc) Deep, complex nose combines plum syrup, violet, tobacco, licorice, minerals and game; there's something quite Bordeaux-like about this. Dry, broad, suave and seamless, with complicating hints of black olive and smoke. This is wonderfully full without being at all heavy. Finishes long and ripe. This will go truffley with bottle aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Score:
Author: TMac
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/23/2012
1/23/2012 We were little disappointed in this bottle tonite. Didn't have the usual Blankiet complexity. Seemed rather one-dimensional and perhaps a little astringent. The nose was a beautiful blend of mocha, vanilla bean, and dark black berries. The body was a little thin - perhaps we opened too early? Though it didn't improve with time. Finish was nice but not stellar. Overall this a fine bottle but never reached the level of outstanding. We had this with chicken cordon bleu and stir fried sweet spicy eggplant.

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Score: 93
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/16/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Earth, spice and cherries on the nose with a dominant dose of oak. Starting to show secondary notes of tobacco and leather but still very primal. Mouth is full bodied for a merlot with ample tannin.
Score: 96
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Super rich with chocolate, burnt caramel, slight rubber (less), lush tannin providing moderate to long finish.

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About This Producer


Located in the western hills of Yountville, in the foothills of the Mayacamas range, Blankiet shares a founding date with Arietta. In 1996, the husband and wife team of Claude and Katherine Blankiet, with the aid of viticulturist David Abreu, and winemaker Helen Turley, created a stable of wines that validate the extraordinary terroir of their 16 acres of vineyards. The first eight vintages were made by Turley, but now the winemaking team consists of consulting oenologist Michel Rolland and winemaker Martha McClellan-Levy.

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