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2003 Blankiet - Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard

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  • 86 WS
  • 93 IWC
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SKU: 81764-2003-1500-2B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    From their beautiful hillside vineyards situated behind the vast estate of Dominus, Blankiet has produced a 2003 Merlot Paradise Hills Estate (14.9% natural alcohol) offering a gorgeously complex bouquet of Chinese black tea, black currants, earth, chocolate and a touch of mocha. Frankly, I'm not sure a Napa Merlot can be any more complex than this. With a deep plum/purple color and round, juicy, full-bodied opulence, this 2003 could easily compete with the greatest Pomerols or St.-Emilions. Made from 100% Merlot, it was aged 18 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels, which provide the chocolaty, espresso notes. This sensational wine is showing even better than I remember. Impressive, rich and long, it is close to full maturity, but should easily last for another decade or more in a cold cellar.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($100) Saturated ruby-red. Sour cherry, plum, menthol, mocha and smoked meat on the nose. Less fleshy than the young 2004 but still round, large-scaled and mouthfilling, with considerable complexity. Finishes quite long, with substantial dusty tannins and excellent grip.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Well-oaked, with plenty of vanilla bean and Brazil nut scents, but also a rich, creamy core of currant and black cherry fruit, firming up on the finish. The best of several bottles tasted; others were less inspiring.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: KMS
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2015-2019
    Author: RalphTs
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Awesome, smooth and polished. Who knew you could do this with California merlot?
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: ebgreenb
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Still youthful with soft, round tannic and moderately long finish. Fruit is intense yet balanced. One of the best California Merlots.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 96

    wow. Blueberry and chocolate on the nose. This is putting on weight and complexity since last year. There is a note of olives along with the rich dark fruit. Long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Wow. Powerful and mature.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2023
    Author: Doug
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Young (From 2010 To 2020)
    Author: tiberite
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 936 bottles owned
  • 187 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 187 collectors)