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2006 Blankiet Estate Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard Red

  • 90 WA
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 409357-2006-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2006 Rive Droite reveals elegant, attractive, plum, black cherry, coffee, and wood spice notes offered in a lush, full-bodied style meant to be drunk over the next 7-8 years. This sensational estate is situated on the hillside behind Dominus' large Napanook Vineyard. Created by Claude and Katherine Blankiet in the mid-nineties, I have liked these wines since their debut vintage. They now have 16 acres under vine, and the winemaking is overseen by super-star viticulturists David Abreu and Martha McClellan-Levy as well as consultant Michel Rolland. Their secondary label, called Rive Droite, uses a large portion of their Merlot crop, and the flagship offering, the Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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.

    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

    • 7 bottles owned
    • 5 collectors