2005 Blankiet - Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard 750ml

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2005 Blankiet - Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 89(+?)

($125) Full medium ruby. Smoky, lower-toned aromas of black raspberry, mocha, earth and tobacco, lifted by a pungent minty quality and a whiff of resin. Here, too, the acidity is quite pronounced today, and with moderate mid-palate flesh and sweetness the current impression is a bit ungenerous. Finishes quite tight, with a slight sharpness to the acidity. These 2005s may well be in an awkward stage today, and my scores may come to look overly conservative, but in any event they should not be opened anytime soon.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

From Paradise Hills Vineyard.Sumptuous nose and some tea-leaf refreshment but a little austere still. Lift and life ? not so dissimilar from the Viader Proprietary red 2004 tasted immediately beforehand.

Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 93

The 2005 Merlot, which is now called Rive Droite (and this is the last one), is an 800-case blend with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc added. An elegant, dark ruby/purple-colored wine with a sweet nose of espresso roast, dark black cherries, licorice, underbrush, and truffle in an elegant, full-bodied, rich, concentrated style, this wine should drink nicely for 12-15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Score: 92
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 01/15/2014
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Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/13/2011
Deep, concentrated pomerol like, but on steroids.
Score: 96
Author: WineStorm
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/28/2009

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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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