Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Wine AdvocateThe dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Estate reveals notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate and creme de cassis. It cuts a bigger swath across the palate than the Merlot, but with no hard edges. Deeply textured and multidimensional with loads of fruit as well as a flawless integration of acidity, alcohol, tannin and wood, this medium to full-bodied, classic Blankiet should continue to drink well for another 15-20 years.
Wine EnthusiastStarts out black and inky, with the ashy, charry aroma that 100% new French oak brings to the tease of blackberry fruit. In the mouth, this is a very soft, almost sweet Cab, with the flavors of candied blackberries, caramelly peanut brittle, chocolate fudge and crème de cassis. It's so rich and exotic, it's almost obvious. Made by Helen Turley in the international style, huge and seductive. The estate vineyard is in Yountville, next to Dominus.
Wine SpectatorTight, with spicy currant, herb, cedar, mineral and herbal leather notes. Complex but restrained, this is balanced, yet leaves you hoping for more richness and depth. Needs air. Best from 2009 through 2013.