2017 Blankiet Estate Proprietary Red, Paradise Hills Vineyard

Blankiet Estate Proprietary Red

Our Bordeaux Medoc blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine is sheer power in a silk glove.


  • International Wine Report (Jan. 2020)

    Review by J. D’Angelo

    Rating: (96)

    The 2017 Proprietary Red, Paradise Hills Vineyard is sensational. The Blankiet’s and winemaker Graeme MacDonald decided not to bottle the flagship Mythicvs and rather blend the juice into the Proprietary Red, it was a decision that looks to have paid off. This exceptional red instantly begins to impress with its wonderful purity, as it releases gorgeous aromas of dark cherries and red currants along with spring flowers, graphite, spices and licorice nuances that all emerge beautifully from the glass. The medium/full body is impeccably structured and well-defined, with outstanding overall balance and finesse. It goes on to impress as it displays remarkable elegance and poise all the way through the long graceful finish. This is an absolutely magnificent wine that is striking now, but should become even more compelling as it evolves over time.

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  • Vinous (Jan. 2020)

    Review by Antonio Galloni

    Rating: (95)

    The 2017 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard is super-expressive and classy from start to finish. Inky black cherry, plum, graphite, menthol and licorice all come together nicely in the glass for an overall impeccable impression. Medium in body and quite graceful, the 2017 shows beautifully, even in the early going. This is a decidedly laid-back style, but it all works nicely. Aromatic, savory and highly delineated, the 2017 Proprietary Red is one of the successes of the year.

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  • Jebb Dunnuck Report (Jan. 2020)

    Review by Jebb Dunnuck

    Rating: (97+)

    Coming all from Yountville and 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 5% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2017 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard ranks with the top wines of the vintage and offers extraordinary notes of crème de cassis, crushed violets, tobacco leaf, damp earth, and lead pencil shavings. These all carry to an elegant, seamless yet full-bodied and powerful red that has seamless tannins, flawless balance, good acidity, and a big finish. This is about as good as 2017 gets. It’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 25+ years. As always, these releases from Blankiet rely on elegance and finesse just as much as overt power and richness.

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