2004 Blankiet Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard Napa Valley

2004 Blankiet Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard Napa Valley

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96 Points Wine Advocate, 2006
96 Points Wine Advocate, 2016
96 Points Wine Advocate, 2014
88 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 1 ratings
Low expectations, nice surprise

Looking for a new wine to open, I was struck by the low score of 88 on this that WS gave. They consistently get it wrong when they are at odds with the real reviewers. Opened July 2010, the wine reminds me of the '05 Beringer PR, it is nicely complex and balanced start to finish, a real treat. I'd give it low 90's.

About Blankiet

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Claude and Katherine Blankiet

Area Under Vine: 16 Acres

Napa Valley 2004

The 2004 vintage produced a crop of solid, dense, ripe Cabernets with plenty of power, richness, and longevity. It was an early harvest that was compact and proceeded at a rapid pace, with most growers finished by the end of September.

The season got off to a fast start, with bloom almost a month earlier than the recent average. It stayed early right through veraison, and as harvest approached and sugars raced, there was concern whether there would be enough hang-time for physiological ripeness to develop before the acids fell. The heat moderated just enough for growers to hang on while flavors developed and the resulting wines have depth, power, and richness. Hillside and mountain fruit fared very well.

Overall an excellent vintage that yielded superb, full-bodied, ripe, and powerful wines that are built to last.


Key Dates

Three week heat spell

Heat spikes continue


Harvest begins

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