2001 Blankiet Estate Merlot, Paradise Hills Vineyard

Rive Droite

Our true Bordeaux Right Bank wine. Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc. This wine is gorgeously fruit forward with a core of minerality.


  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    Review by Stephen Tanzer

    Rating: (92)

    Full, deep ruby-red. Very sexy, perfumed aromas of black raspberry, violet, mint, spices and tobacco. Broad, dry and suave; at once velvety and light on its feet. Bordeaux-like in its texture and inner-mouth verve. Coats the entire palate with flavor. Finishes very long and sweet, with a flavor of melted chocolate. A retaste of a bottle I sampled last year just after it was bottled.


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  • Wine Advocate # 150 (Dec. 2003)

    Review by Robert Parker

    Rating: (91)

    The 2001 Merlot offers aromas of roasted herbs, cocoa, fudge, smoke, and black cherry-jam. It is extremely complex aromatically, full-bodied, deep, and chewy. While it does not display the majestic presence of the 2001 Proprietary Red, it is a loaded, impressive effort, particularly for such a new estate. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2012.


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