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  • Country ranking ?

    195
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    2025-2040
  • Food Pairing

    Roasted elk, grilled venison & fried lamb chops with garlic potatos

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The Story

Blankiet's 'Bordeaux Medoc-blend' of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine is sheer power in a silk glove.

Paradise Hills Vineyard is located on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains above Yountville in the cooler part of the Napa Valley. Grapes planted in this area take longer to mature on the vine allowing for riper tannins, darker pigmentation and deeply perfumed fruit. The vineyards are east and southeast facing, ideal for maximizing photosynthesis with intense morning sun and natural protection from the hot afternoon rays.

Heat summation charts Paradise Hills Vineyard temperatures from 3000 to 3500 degree – day per season for the past 10 years. The climate is a bit warmer than Bordeaux but the summer days are sunny and dry with cool nights. Temperatures swing 50 degrees in a 24-hour period, allowing full phenolic ripening of the grapes while maintaining a fresh acidity. Paradise Hills is cooled by constant breezes flowing from the cold waters of the San Pablo Bay. The grape berries tend to develop a thicker skin that protects them from dehydration.

Paradise Hills displays an almost textbook assortment of different soil conditions that comprise ancient Pacific seabed formations of greenstone, sandstone, limestone, shale, white volcanic tuffs and pyroclastic lava flows.

Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on the porous volcanic soils that produce wines with concentrated tannins and complex flavours. Cabernet Franc is planted on an east facing slope of clay loam over fractured rocks at the top of the canyon. Natural protection from the hot afternoon sun allows the maturation of the grapes to be extended ten days later than valley floor or west facing vineyards. Planted on the steepest East facing slopes at the end of the canyon, our Petit Verdot grapes are the last to be harvested from the Paradise Hills vineyard. Merlot is planted on a deep band of brown alluvial clay eroded from the mountain range. The steep slopes are facing North – North East and wrap around the South side of the canyon.

Paradise Hills Vineyard is farmed organically and great care is given to maintain soil balance. Nutrients taken from the land during the growing season are replaced using green manure. A mix of winter grasses and legumes such as clover, winter rye, sorghum and sweet peas, are seeded between rows. When Spring comes, the grasses are mowed down and spaded back into the soil.

Grape vines regenerate from seeds and/or from vegetative offshoots of the canes. Seed reproduction is a long and complicated pathway, therefore growers use cuttings to create new vines.  If vines are permitted to expand their energy on vegetative growth they will do so at the expense of ripening fruit.

Coaxing grapevines and their relentless propensity on growing canes and leaves instead of fruit requires an enormous amount of labor. That is why vineyards planted in nutrition-depleted and well-drained hillsides are naturally better suited in producing small crops of intensely flavoured berries.

To further enhance wine concentration and complexity, the number of clusters a vine is allowed to ripen is restricted.  During the growing season buds, flowers, leaves and clusters are carefully thinned out, allowing each vine to produce a metered amount of fruit in accordance to its age, terroir and specific weather conditions of the year.

Water needs are carefully monitored by checking the amount of moisture in the leaves to prevent the vines from shutting down. Diminishing sunlight by mid-summer tells the vines the end of the season is in sight and all their energy is to be spent in ripening the berries.

 

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Wine Information

Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot

REVIEW:

98 points by Robert Parker / Wine Advocate (Dec 2015)

The 2013 Proprietary Red, which is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is another prodigious effort from Blankiet. Inky purple, with notes of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, espresso bean, blackberry and cassis, the wine hits the palate with a crescendo of blue and black fruits, a touch of toast, licorice and foresty notes. Stunningly rich, full-bodied and impressive, this wine will age for at least 30 more years.

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Written Notes

Dark, ruby red colour. Intense, rich and refined nose with ripe blackcurrants, dark chocolate, and spices. Full-bodied, intense and rich palate with vivid acidity and refined smooth tannins. Spicy cassis flavours with long warming finish. JL 94p (9/2018)

  • 94p

The 2010 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard (84.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot; 14.5% alcohol; pH 3.8) is more reserved than the 2009, but it reveals enormous promise. A dense plum/purple color is accompanied by hints of charcoal embers, camphor, incense, licorice and exceptionally pure quantities of creme de cassis, blackberries and smoky barbecue. Deep with superb concentration and a massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or astringency, this exceptionally pure 2010 can be enjoyed over the next 25-30+ years. (RP)

  • 97p
Blankiet 2013 / Decanted two hour. Dark and deep red! Very complex and developing nose – creme de cassis, cedar, cigar, lead pencil. Rich full-bodied taste stands out being very ripe and intense but at the same time somehow very elegant. Ripe pure cassis flavours are married with lovely velvety tannins and delicate acidity. Very vigorm but refined and stylish – modern Napa style with elegant voluptuousness. Extremely well-balanced long aftertaste. Aristocratic wine already: 96 points.
  • 96p
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Origin

Yountville, Napa Valley

Drinking temperature

17-18C

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