2012 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Blankiet's 2012 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard races across the palate with super-expressive red fruit, smoke, licorice, spices and menthol. Here, too, it is the wine's textural silkiness and overall polish that stand out above all else. This radiant, striking Cabernet Sauvignon-based red will drink well to age twenty, perhaps beyond.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The serious 2012 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard is composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine tips the scales at 14.4% alcohol, not all that high in such a ripe year. Aromas of barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberries and crème de cassis are followed by a wine with silky tannins and a long, opulent, full-bodied finish. This terrific 2012 is surprisingly drinkable at an early age for a Blankiet wine. Enjoy it over the next 15-20 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(based on 81% cabernet sauvignon; 95% new oak): Bright red-ruby. High-toned aromas of cherry, blueberry and bitter chocolate. Broader and drier than the Rive Droite; less evolved too. Cedary dark berry and mineral flavors show a lovely light touch. Best today on the long, firm finish, where the serious tannins are nicely coated.