Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Vineyard Merlot 2003

Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

This is an elegant, feminine beauty. It's a back to back night of 2003. On the nose, liqueured black cherries, cherries, poached strawberries, warm, slightly chard toast, anise, black cherry licorice, baking spices and dark fresh & dry florals. The mouthfeel is resolved, rich and elegant. Fruits of; black cherries, cherries, poached strawberries, a blend of black raspberries & raspberries. Bright vanillin, cinnamon, medium spice, toast, bright red florals, violets, dark & milk chocolate, rich, moist loamy soils, touch of crushed rocks, delicate volcanic minerals, mouthwatering acidity and a polished, rich finish that lasts & lasts. This is somewhere around it's peak. It's incredibly delicious! Photos of; their beautiful vineyards, amazing Italian style villa estate and front entrance. Producer history and notes...Blankiet was started by Claude & Katherine Blankiet in 1996 with 46 acres ranging over several volcanic hills above the town of Yountville. I believe Claude made his first big money as the creator of Stone Washed Jeans. David Abreu was hired to develop the land and Helen Turley made their first eight vintages. The winery is connected to a deep underground network of caves and were designed by architect John Lail. Blankiet’s current winemaker is Bordelais Denis Malbec, the former cellar master at Chateau Latour. Blankiet is located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. Their Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are planted in volcanic soils while the Merlot is planted in gravelly-clay alluvial soils. Blankiet has great Terrior locations and have spared no expense in their winemaking facilities. If you haven't had their wines, they are definitely worth acquiring.

This is an elegant, feminine beauty. It's a back to back night of 2003. On the nose, liqueured black cherries, cherries, poached strawberries, warm, slightly chard toast, anise, black cherry licorice, baking spices and dark fresh & dry florals. The mouthfeel is resolved, rich and elegant. Fruits of; black cherries, cherries, poached strawberries, a blend of black raspberries & raspberries. Bright vanillin, cinnamon, medium spice, toast, bright red florals, violets, dark & milk chocolate, rich, moist loamy soils, touch of crushed rocks, delicate volcanic minerals, mouthwatering acidity and a polished, rich finish that lasts & lasts. This is somewhere around it's peak. It's incredibly delicious! Photos of; their beautiful vineyards, amazing Italian style villa estate and front entrance. Producer history and notes...Blankiet was started by Claude & Katherine Blankiet in 1996 with 46 acres ranging over several volcanic hills above the town of Yountville. I believe Claude made his first big money as the creator of Stone Washed Jeans. David Abreu was hired to develop the land and Helen Turley made their first eight vintages. The winery is connected to a deep underground network of caves and were designed by architect John Lail. Blankiet’s current winemaker is Bordelais Denis Malbec, the former cellar master at Chateau Latour. Blankiet is located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. Their Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are planted in volcanic soils while the Merlot is planted in gravelly-clay alluvial soils. Blankiet has great Terrior locations and have spared no expense in their winemaking facilities. If you haven't had their wines, they are definitely worth acquiring.

9.5

Eric Hwang Delectable Pro

What can I say, it's a Merlot...but a damn fine Merlot.

What can I say, it's a Merlot...but a damn fine Merlot.

9.4

Andrew Davidoff

Drinking exceedingly well right now. Silky, jammy and long finish.

Drinking exceedingly well right now. Silky, jammy and long finish.

9.3

Martin G Rivard

Pretty good., drinking very well right now. In it sure that laying it down any longer would help it tremendously. Loved the dark cherries and well intergraded tannins. I thought it was going to be a massive wine but it was not. I would score this a solid 95. Picked it up from a private collector for $110. Awesome find for the money spent.

Pretty good., drinking very well right now. In it sure that laying it down any longer would help it tremendously. Loved the dark cherries and well intergraded tannins. I thought it was going to be a massive wine but it was not. I would score this a solid 95. Picked it up from a private collector for $110. Awesome find for the money spent.

9.2

Cameron Myhrvold

A beautiful wine. In its youth it was my favorite merlot in the world. Even today it has super complexity annd great richness and length even after all these years.

A beautiful wine. In its youth it was my favorite merlot in the world. Even today it has super complexity annd great richness and length even after all these years.

9.5

Charles Fitzgerald

Beautiful wine full of life and juicy fruit. Could drink this all the time

Beautiful wine full of life and juicy fruit. Could drink this all the time

9.5

Cheryl Valdo

I love this merlot!

I love this merlot!

9.8

Virgil Smaltz

Dinner at 677 Prime

Dinner at 677 Prime

9.9

Conrad Kenley

Pair with a T-bone steak

Pair with a T-bone steak