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Blankiet Paradise Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • RP96
14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Estate (14.5% natural alcohol) enjoyed the same upbringing as the Merlot. Its dark opaque plum/purple color is followed by more restrained aromatics of creme de cassis, vanillin and sweet barbecue/charcoal notes. Full-bodied and rich with more structured, tannic flavors, a sweet mid-palate, a beautiful core of ripe fruit, terrific purity and density, and the great character one expects from this site, it will benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades, fulfilling proprietor Claude Blankiet's ambition to make a world-class wine.
Rating: 96+
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Blankiet, Napa Valley, California
2003 Paradise Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Blankiet Estate was created in 1996 by Claude Blankiet and his wife, Katherine. It is located in the western hills of Yountville in Napa Valley. From 46 acres on the foothills of the Mayacamas range, 16 acres of vineyard have been developed by renowned viticulturist David Abreu. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were planted on volcanic ash and fractured rock, and Merlot on the clay deposited by streams draining the mountain ridge above. Helen Turley was hired as winemaker and responsible for the first eight vintages. Then in 2006, Martha McClellan-Levy took over winemaking, assisted by oenologist, Michel Rolland from Pomerol.

Robert Parker validated the potential of Blankiet's terroir stating that the wines produced "combines the extraordinary power of the site with unbelievable elegance and definition." Future plans for the vineyard include planting of additional Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Petit Verdot.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

FPOPARADISE_2003 Item# 127915

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