2017 Blankiet Rive Droite

Merlot - 750ML
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JD 96 VN 93
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, January 2020

The Merlot-dominated 2017 Merlot Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard (there's 4% Cabernet Franc in the blend) is also straight-up brilliant, showing tons of ripe black cherry, chocolate, coffee bean, and truffly herb...
VN 93

Vinous, January 2020

The 2017 Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard is dense, plush and super-expressive; the juiciness of Merlot comes through nicely here. Black cherry, chocolate, licorice, menthol and gravel are front and center. A dollop of...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2017 Blankiet Rive Droite, a captivating red wine that showcases the best of Merlot from California's renowned Napa appellation. With its deep crimson hue and alluring aromas, this wine is a true delight for the senses.

Upon pouring, the 2017 Blankiet Rive Droite reveals itself with a stunning visual display. Its rich red color glistens in the glass, inviting you to explore its complexities. The nose is immediately greeted by a symphony of ripe black cherry, chocolate, and coffee bean aromas, intertwining with truffly herb notes. This sensory journey is further complemented by hints of licorice and menthol, adding layers of depth and intrigue.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. Full-bodied and powerful, it showcases the elegant tannin structure that Blankiet wines are renowned for. The Merlot grape takes center stage, offering a luscious and juicy texture that envelops the taste buds. The integration of acidity is masterfully executed, enhancing the wine's balance and providing a refreshing lift. The purity of flavors is remarkable, with the ripe black cherry and chocolate notes persisting throughout the long and satisfying finish.

Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck scored the 2017 Blankiet Rive Droite an impressive 96 points, recognizing its brilliance and elegance. He lauds its purity, minerality, and integrated acidity, stating that it is a joy to drink. Vinous, another respected publication, awarded this wine a score of 93 points, praising its density, plushness, and expressive nature. They note that despite the challenges of the vintage, this wine is a resounding success.

In conclusion, the 2017 Blankiet Rive Droite is a testament to the artistry and dedication of Blankiet winery. With its exceptional qualities, it exemplifies the potential of Merlot from California's North Coast region. This wine is perfect for those seeking a harmonious blend of elegance, power, and purity. Whether sipped on its own or paired with a gourmet meal, the 2017 Blankiet Rive Droite promises to deliver an unforgettable wine experience.