(2004 Vintage) Notes on the Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Napa Valley Merlot 2004 94 Pts W. A. : WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 94 POINTS The 2004 Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard (1,100 cases) includes a dollop of Cabernet Franc in the blend. It exhibits gorgeous notes of chocolate, espresso, plums, blackberries, and cherries. Full-bodied with terrific intensity and opulence, it makes a dramatic statement about how great Napa Merlot can be. It should drink beautifully for 15 or more years. Both 2004s have put on considerable weight and performed significantly stronger out of bottle than they did from cask. WA # read more..., #168 (Dec 2006) Drink 2008 - 2028 Robert ParkerBLANKIET PARADISE HILLS VINEYARD NAPA VALLEY MERLOT 2004 94 pts W. A. (hide)
Wine Advocate(2003 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
International Wine Cellar(2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 132, May/June 2007. ($115; includes 10% cabernet franc) Deep, complex nose combines plum syrup, violet, tobacco, licorice, minerals and game; there's something quite Bordeaux-like about this. Dry, broad, suave and seamless, with complicating hints of black olive and smoke. This is wonderfully full without being at all heavy. Finishes long and ripe. This will go truffley with bottle aging.
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05
Wine Advocate(2001 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03