United States, California, Napa Valley
Blankiet Estate is owned by Claude & Katherine Blankiet. The Blankiet's searched for many years for a track of land on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Napa Valley with the single vision of producing world class wines. In January of 1996 they had the chance to view an undeveloped hillside above the Napanook vineyard in Yountville. Without any hesitation, the Blankiet's bought the land on the spot and named it Paradise Hills. The rest is history, today Blankiet produces some on the most compelling examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in all of Napa. Graeme MacDonald currently heads the winemaking duties.
Paradise Hills Vineyard is located on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains above Yountville in the cooler part of the Napa Valley. Viticulturist David Abreu and winemaker Helen Turley were brought in to develop Paradise Hills Vineyard into four distinct sections. Each sub-section is distinguished by unique subsoil and microclimate. Grapes planted in this area take longer to mature on the vine allowing for riper tannins, darker pigmentation and deeply perfumed fruit. The vineyards are east and southeast facing, ideal for maximizing photosynthesis with intense morning sun and natural protection from the hot afternoon rays. Paradise Hills is farmed organically and is Napa Green Certified.
CURRENT VINTAGE - 2017
The 2017 vintage was bottled in June of 2019 and in spite of a challenging year in California due of the three heat spikes, the wines are nothing short of outstanding. Claude Blankiet decided not to bottle his flagship Mythicus in 2017 and blended the 150 cases worth of wine into the Proprietary Red, he also took 6 barrels of Prop. Red and blended them into the Prince of Hearts Red. This made a big difference in these cabernet based wines. The Merlot was harvested late August and early September before the last heat spike that lasted 10 days! Being planted in the southern part of the valley in a canyon that gets shade in mid afternoon also helped maintain lower alcohol and nice acidy. The result has paid off handsomely, the wines are beautifully ripe and expressive, with wonderful balance, elegance and finesse. They should go on to age beautifully for years to come. Overall, the wines are a remarkable success from Blankiet in 2017.
Find out more about Blankiet Estate: www.blankiet.com