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2004 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 »

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95
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2017 VF: 2006-2014
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132
Author TMac
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.639%
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.

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Author MondovinoVA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.701%
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.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.591%
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.

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