2002 Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Merlot - 94 pts - 750ml

2002 Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Merlot - 94 pts - 750ml

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2002 Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Merlot - 94 Pts!
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. RP

Product Details

Varietal Merlot
Vintage
Rating 94 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Blankiet
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 94 RP - 2002 Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Merlot - 94 Pts! 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. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Merlot
Vintage
Rating 94 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Blankiet
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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