2002 Blankiet Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard

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  • Merlot
  • 750ML
  • IWC 95
  • WA 94

Reviews for 2002 Blankiet Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard

IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2005
...Wonderfully complex deep aromas of plum currant licorice smoke dark chocolate and spices. Superconcentrated round sweet and creamy with highly complex flavors of plum dark chocolate minerals and leather. This offers... ...Wonderfully complex deep aromas of plum currant licorice smoke dark chocolate and spices. Superconcentrated round sweet and creamy with highly complex flavors of plum dark chocolate minerals and leather. This offers breadth and palate coverage rare for merlot that's not grown on the Po merol plateau. The rising finish boasts superb breadth and length. A great California merlot.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2005
The deep rich 2002 Merlot is not up to the level of the 2003 although it does possess fabulously complex notes of scorched earth chocolate espresso roast and meaty black cherries currants and plums. A broodingly backward... The deep rich 2002 Merlot is not up to the level of the 2003 although it does possess fabulously complex notes of scorched earth chocolate espresso roast and meaty black cherries currants and plums. A broodingly backward concentrated full-bodied dense and super-rich Merlot it should drink well for 15 or more years. As I have written before the only way readers are going to get any of this wine is to be on the mailing list or check out one of the few restaurants that receives an allocation.This is an amazing operation on the hillsides overlooking the huge Dominus/Napanook estate. A complex set of caves and a remarkable nearly surreal chateau grace the property. Winemaker Helen Turley working with her viticulturalist husband John Wetlaufer is fashioning some spectacular wines from these hillsides of volcanic ash and basalt. These are big structured potentially long-lived wines that will need some cellar time for those lucky enough to latch onto a few bottles. Everything to date has been aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for 18-19 months and then bottled unfiltered.Tel. (707) 963-2001; Fax (707) 963-2012