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Professional Ratings: 96 International Wine Cellar, 95 The Wine Advocate
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 100672
The vineyards, known as Paradise Hills, are stunningly beautiful with gorgeous views of the valley. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on volcanic soil.
Sustainable farming is practiced and the human hand is the connection between vines and wines.
Saturated ruby. Knockout nose combines blueberry pastille, black raspberry, minerals, violet, espresso and sexy oak. Hugely complex, superripe and dry, with flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, mocha, smoke and minerals that reach every nook and cranny of the palate. This is just at the limit of surmaturite (the alcohol here is 14.7%, high for this site but not at all excessive by today's North Coast cabernet standards), but does not cross over the line. Finishes with broad, spreading tannins that reach the front teeth and come across as even lusher than those of the 2002 merlot.
There are just over 1000 cases of the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillsides of the Blankiet estate. The 2002 possesses floral, blueberry, and espresso roast notes and big, sweet, black currant fruit infused with chocolate, barbecue spice, and meaty notes. The wine is big, rich, and complex, with sweet tannin and a multi-layered, concentrated finish.