Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2012 (Napa Valley, California) - [AG 97] [RP 96] [ST 95+]

Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2012
(Napa Valley, California) - [AG 97] [RP 96] [ST 95+]

Regular price $275.00 Sale price $259.98 Save $15.02

AG97 RP96 ST95+
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Notes from the Winemaker:
Blankiet Estate is nestled high on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains above Yountville. The vineyard, named Paradise Hills, is planted on one of the most acclaimed viticultural areas of the Napa Valley. The Estate was created in 1996 by Claude & Katherine Blankiet with the single vision of producing wines in the tradition of the great Bordeaux First Growth.

Ratings & Reveiews

97 Points - Antonio Galloni:

"Blankiet's 2012 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard races across the palate with super-expressive red fruit, smoke, licorice, spices and menthol. Here, too, it is the wine's textural silkiness and overall polish that stand out above all else. This radiant, striking Cabernet Sauvignon-based red will drink well to age twenty, perhaps beyond." - Antonio Galloni (October 2014)

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The serious 2012 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard is composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine tips the scales at 14.4% alcohol, not all that high in such a ripe year. Aromas of barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberries and crème de cassis are followed by a wine with silky tannins and a long, opulent, full-bodied finish. This terrific 2012 is surprisingly drinkable at an early age for a Blankiet wine. Enjoy it over the next 15-20 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2014)

95+ Points - Stephen Tanzer:

"(81% Cabernet Sauvignon): Deep red with ruby highlights. High-pitched perfume of black and red berries, licorice, violet, mocha and coffee. Began savory, minerally and dry but became more generous and pliant as it opened in the glass, showing lovely mid-palate weight and richness and complementary sweet oak. Most impressive today on the back end, which features powerful, late-arriving, fine-grained tannins and slowly building, inexorable length. I suspect that this wonderfully plush, silky wine will require seven or eight years in bottle to display the backbone that's currently hidden by baby fat, but it will also be accessible on the early side." - Stephen Tanzer (March 2015)

95 Points - Antonio Galloni (2011 Vintage):
"Savory herbs, menthol, licorice, plums and new leather lead to dark red and black fruit in the 2011 Blankiet Estate Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard. Another impeccable, gracious wine, Blankiet's 2011 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard impresses for its creaminess and volume. Hints of orange peel, rose petals and savory herbs add further dimensions of expression. This dark, brooding wine needs time to settle down, but it starts coming together nicely with time in the glass, so a few more years in bottle will help tremendously. The 2011 is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot." - Antonio Galloni (November 2013)

93+ Points - Stephen Tanzer (2011 Vintage):
"(a Bordeaux blend based on 81% cabernet sauvignon): Deep ruby-red. Black cherry and licorice on the discreet, pure nose. Densely packed , spicy and rich; not especially broad on the palate but boasts superb concentration for the vintage and a sappy impression of dry extract. The black cherry and dark berry flavors are lifted by a floral element. Serious, youthfully tough tannins will require at least five years of cellaring." - Stephen Tanzer (May 2014)

90-92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2011 Vintage):
"The 2011 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard (81.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16.5% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with sweet aromas of black currants, licorice, tobacco leaf and dusty, loamy soil notes. Medium-bodied and rich, it should drink well early on and last for 10-12 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2013)