Blankiet Estate is located in the foothills west of Yountville in Napa Valley. The vineyards and winery were started in 1996 by Claude and Katherine Blankiet with a goal of making wines in the style of France’s First Growth Bordeauxs.
Blankiet Estate produces a few hundred cases annually of their flagship wines. They also produce a second label wine called “Prince of Hearts Red Wine.” They produce about a 1,000 cases of that wine.
I checked Blankiet’s website to see if they were selling their wines directly to the consumer and found that they sell through their mailing list which is presently full. You can join their waiting list, which they evaluate annually and move waiting list members to their main list as space becomes available.
I am not sure where or when I bought the 2005 Blankiet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, but I sure am glad I did. As it turned out, it is a very nice wine.
As usual, I decanted the wine for about an hour before I drank it. This wine is getting to an age where I am careful how long I decant it. I also strained the wine as I was pouring it into the decanter. Lots of red wines, not all of course, start to have sediment in the bottles after six to seven years. I just hate getting sediment in my mouth when drinking older wines. Not only do I think it tastes funny, it poses the question how do I get rid of it. I am sure not going to swallow it!
This 2005 Blankiet wine had great color: it was a deep dark dense purple. On the nose there were hints of dark fruit, tobacco and perhaps a little chocolate. On the palate this wine comes across as a big full-bodied Cabernet with somewhat heavy tannins. The black fruit comes out along with the chocolate and a little earthy taste as you are drinking it. It is a really nice blend of tastes. The mouth feel is dry and the finish is pure Cabernet…one that is powerful, deep and quite long. This wine will age well and last for a long time.
My ratings research indicated that it scored rather well upon release and shortly after. In 2007 Robert Parker scored the wine at 95+ points while Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar rated it at 93 points. Wine-searcher.com rated the wine at 89/100 points and listed 22 wine shops that had some of the 2005 Blankiet Cabernet for sale. Prices ranged from $100 to $299 per bottle. One shop offered a magnum at $480. If you are interested in purchasing some of this wine go here for the list of wine shops. This was a good, enjoyable wine. If you get the opportunity to taste Blankiet Estate wines, I recommend you do so.
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