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

The 2017 Blankiet Rive Droite is a Merlot-dominated red wine with a small addition of 4% Cabernet Franc. Produced by Blankiet in Napa, California, this vintage comes with a cork closure and has an alcohol content of 14.5%.

Jeb Dunnuck rates this wine highly with a score of 96. He describes it as "straight-up brilliant," noting its "ripe black cherry, chocolate, coffee bean, and truffly herb aromas and flavors." Dunnuck highlights its full-bodied and powerful profile, balanced by an elegant tannin structure and nicely integrated acidity. He further adds, "It’s not for those looking for massive richness and decadence, but it has a purity, elegance, and minerality that makes it a joy to drink." His review underscores the wine's high quality and excellent finish.

Similarly positive, Vinous gives the 2017 Rive Droite a score of 93. Reviewer Antonio Galloni praises it for being "dense, plush and super-expressive," with prominent flavors of "black cherry, chocolate, licorice, menthol and gravel." Galloni appreciates the addition of Cabernet Franc, which provides "lovely savoriness and aromatic nuance." He notes that the wine is "pretty and layered," with significant near- and medium-term appeal. Galloni also remarks on the challenges of the 2017 vintage, but calls the wine "a big success" despite these difficulties.

Both reviews highlight the wine's complexity and balance, with particular emphasis on its aromatic qualities and elegant finish. Dunnuck's review is particularly enthusiastic, calling out the wine's purity and minerality, while Galloni provides detailed notes on its expressive nature and layered profile.

In summary, the 2017 Blankiet Rive Droite is a highly regarded Merlot with excellent reviews, particularly from Jeb Dunnuck. Its combination of ripe fruit flavors, balanced structure, and nuanced aromas make it a standout wine from a challenging vintage.