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2012 Blankiet - Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 99 WA
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 215080-2012
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (96% merlot and 4% cabernet franc; aging in 95% new oak): Good deep red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of cassis, rose petal, violet, fresh herbs and cedary oak. Concentrated, seamless and sweet, but with terrific inner-mouth energy to the dark berry and floral flavors. Finishes with outstanding length and lift, the tannins fully supported by the wine's fruit.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Another compelling wine was the 2012 Rive Droite, which is Blankiet's homage to Right Bank Pomerols from Bordeaux. A blend of 95.8% Merlot and 4.2% Cabernet Franc, there are 380 cases of this sexpot of a wine. This could easily be mistaken for a Napa Valley version of Petrus. Loads of mulberry fruit, licorice, creme de cassis, mocha and toffee are present in this huge, full-bodied, super-opulent and luscious wine. This is about as seductive and rich as dry wine can be, and the wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years. This is a killer effort! Their cuvee of all the culled out lots is called the Prince of Hearts.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2036
    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.

    See other similar producers:David Arthur Vineyards,Robert Craig Wine Cellars,Ramey Wine Cellars

    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

    • 68 bottles owned
    • 16 collectors