2004 Blankiet - Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2004 Merlot Paradise Hills Estate offers a big, sweet kiss of cassis, kirsch, spice and spring flowers. Rich, medium to full-bodied and seemingly close to full maturity, it is easily capable of lasting 10-15+ years. The aromatics smell just like a great Pomerol.

Drink Dates: 2014-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

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.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 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.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 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.

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

55 bottles owned by 48 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Merlot

Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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