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2003 Blankiet - Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard Merlot - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
96
WA 97
WS 86
IWC 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2015 WA: 2013-2023 WS: 2006-2009
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126

($100) Saturated ruby-red. Sour cherry, plum, menthol, mocha and smoked meat on the nose. Less fleshy than the young 2004 but still round, large-scaled and mouthfilling, with considerable complexity. Finishes quite long, with substantial dusty tannins and excellent grip.

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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 207
Drink Dates 2013-2023

From their beautiful hillside vineyards situated behind the vast estate of Dominus, Blankiet has produced a 2003 Merlot Paradise Hills Estate (14.9% natural alcohol) offering a gorgeously complex bouquet of Chinese black tea, black currants, earth, chocolate and a touch of mocha. Frankly, I'm not sure a Napa Merlot can be any more complex than this. With a deep plum/purple color and round, juicy, full-bodied opulence, this 2003 could easily compete with the greatest Pomerols or St.-Emilions. Made from 100% Merlot, it was aged 18 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels, which provide the chocolaty, espresso notes. This sensational wine is showing even better than I remember. Impressive, rich and long, it is close to full maturity, but should easily last for another decade or more in a cold cellar.

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WS 86
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2009

Well-oaked, with plenty of vanilla bean and Brazil nut scents, but also a rich, creamy core of currant and black cherry fruit, firming up on the finish. The best of several bottles tasted; others were less inspiring.

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Author Doug
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.222%
Tasted On 01/04/2014
Drink Dates 2006-2016
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Author KMS
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.571%
Tasted On 02/08/2013
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Author ebgreenb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.96%
Tasted On 04/09/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2020

Awesome, smooth and polished. Who knew you could do this with California merlot?

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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.718%
Tasted On 07/07/2010

Young (From 2010 To 2020)

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.383%
Tasted On 01/28/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2015

wow. Blueberry and chocolate on the nose. This is putting on weight and complexity since last year. There is a note of olives along with the rich dark fruit. Long finish.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.464%
Tasted On 12/23/2008

Still youthful with soft, round tannic and moderately long finish. Fruit is intense yet balanced. One of the best California Merlots.

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