2012 Blankiet Estate Mythicus, Paradise Hills Vineyard

A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon selection from the best lots. The darkest of all our wines. Extraordinarily deep with powerful yet refined tannins. A wine for extended cellaring.

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  • Vinous (Nov. 2013)

    Review by Antonio Galloni

    Rating: (95-97)

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    Yountville, Napa Valley, United States

    Drinking window: 2022 – 2032

    Blankiet’s 2012 Blankiet Estate Mythicus Paradise Hills Vineyard is a new wine that may become a permanent addition to the range. The debut vintage is certainly promising. Black fruit, cassis and grilled herbs lead to tobacco, smoke, incense and orange peel notes that add an exotic, intriguing dimension. The 2012 is rich and sensual yet also has plenty of underlying structure and pure explosiveness. Graphite, game and scorched earth all add complexity as this dark, brooding Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its personality and pedigree. I expect the Mythicus will require patience, but readers who can find the 2012 should not hesitate, as it is magnificent.

    Antonio Galloni, November 2013

    Grapes Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Producer commentary
    Claude and Katheri ne Blankiet spared no expense in making the best 2011s possible, and the results bear that out. Readers might enjoy this video , which was shot during the 2011 harvest. Among the 2011s, I can’t ignore the entry – level Prince of Hearts, which is one of the best Napa Valley wines in its price range. Overall, the 2011s are delicate, perfumed and impeccably balanced. The 2012s are also fabulous – readers may wish to watch videos from the archive of the 2012 harvest and a tasting of the 2012s shortly after bottling ( http://vinousmedia.com/multimedia/blankiet – with – claude – blankiet – and – denis – malbec – jun – 2013 ). Blankiet fans will note a new wine, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus, which may become a permanent a ddition. I also had a chance to taste a few 2013s from tank. The transformation that has taken place at Blankiet over the last few years under the direction of Denis and May – Britt Malbec is remarkable.

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  • Vinous (Oct. 2014)

    Review by Antonio Galloni

    Rating: (97)

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    Blankiet Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus
    Paradise Hills Vineyard
    Yountville, Napa Valley, United States
    Drinking window: 2018 – 2032

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus is the darkest, richest and most powerful of these four wines. Smoke, plum, spice, violets, new leather and a host of mineral-inflected notes grace the palate in a beautifully textured, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with magnificent palate presence and depth. Striking and delineated throughout, the 2012 will drink well for another 20 years or so. The exotic, soaring finish is utterly irresistible.

    Antonio Galloni. Tasting date October 2014
    Grapes Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Blankiet has come a long way over the last few years. Increased focus on the dual flagships Rive Droite and Proprietary Red fueled by Claude and Katherine Blankiet’s relentless pursuit of excellence has resulted in more severe selection, lower production and higher overall quality.
    One of the secondary results of that is a marked increase in quality of Blankiet’s second wine, Prince of Hearts, which is now one of the very best values in Napa Valley. More recently, the Blankiets have introduced a pure Cabernet Sauvignon, Mythicus. Every visit to Blankiet Estate is proof of the total obsession to detail that is the rule here. The 2012s are radiant and expressive, which is the style of the year, but I was also quite surprised by just how finessed the 2013s are now given that so many wines in this vintage are so structured and tannic. These are magnificent wines from the Blankiets and the husband and wife winemaking team of Denis and May-Britt Malbec.

    From New Releases from Napa Valley: 2012 and 2013, Part I (Dec 2014) by Antonio Galloni

     

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  • Wine Advocate # 209 (Oct. 2013)

    Review by Robert Parker

    Rating: (96-100)

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    A new offering, the 2012 Mythicus Paradise Hills Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and 220 cases were produced. A great effort, it boasts exceptionally pure notes of crème de cassis, graphite and subtle smoke as well as full-bodied, first-growth-like precision, richness and elegance backed up with significant intensity and power. It appears to have enormous potential, but it is much less evolved than the Rive Droite and Proprietary Red. Despite the precociousness and ripe tannins of the 2012 vintage, the Mythicus will require some discipline once it is bottled. The 2012 Prince of Hearts was still being assembled and was not available for tasting. The Blankiet Estate owned by Claude and Katherine Blankiet is beautifully situated on the lower hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, just behind the large Napanook estate of Dominus. An enviable group of talented people have provided assistance here, beginning with David Abreu, Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer, followed by Michel Rolland, Martha McClellan, and more recently Denis Malbec. Production remains between 1,800 and 2,500 cases with nearly half of that devoted to their second wine, the Prince of Hearts. The other cuvees include the Proprietary Red (Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated) and the Rive Droite (a Pomerol / St.-Emilion look-a-like wine), and in 2012, they added a tiny, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee called Mythicus. I could be wrong, but it seems to me these wines, which performed very well, and are among the finest of the so-called “cult” wines of Napa Valley, remain under-the-radar. Perhaps that is due to the small production. The 2009s are all stunning. In the challenging 2011 vintage, the Blankiets along with their winemaker Denis Malbec have fashioned very good examples, although they are much lighter and less concentrated and authoritative than the top vintages. The 2012s are among the finest wines Blankiet has yet made.

     

     

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  • Wine Advocate # 215 (Oct. 2014)

    Review by Robert Parker

    Rating: (96+)

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    Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, there are only 220 cases of the 2012 Mythicus Paradise Hills Vineyard, unquestionably a great wine. Dense ruby/purple-colored with a more structured, backward, bigger style than the Proprietary Red, it possesses terrific focus and purity, abundant power and density as well as lots of licorice-infused blackcurrant and blackberry fruit intermixed with hints of coffee and loamy soil undertones. This beauty should drink well for 20-25 years. This fabulous small estate tucked in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, behind the Dominus Napanook estate in Yountville, continues to turn out a bevy of brilliant wines from proprietors Claude and Katherine Blankiet. As I wrote last year, they have had an amazing group of top wine consultants on their payroll, including viticulturist David Abreu, Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer, Michael Rolland, Martha McClellan, and currently, Denis Malbec. The owners’ only goal is to make world-class wines, and their tiny production of under 2,500 cases is mindboggling for the major effort they are making. In any event, it’s about quality, not quantity. The 2012s are beautifully forward, open-knit, ripe wines, and the 2013s look equally fleshy and beautiful, and perhaps, as a vintage, less backward than many 2013s may prove to be elsewhere.

     

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  • eRobertParker.com # 222 (Dec 2015)

    Review by Robert M. Parker Jr.

    Rating: (98)

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    The 2012 Mythicus is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a smaller cuvée of only 220 cases. It is close to perfection, for sure, with an inky purple color and a beautiful nose of smoldering embers intermixed with charcoal, blackberry, new saddle leather, crème de cassis, incense and graphite. Full-bodied, with enormous extract and richness, but with a flawless integration of alcohol, acidity, tannin and wood, this wine is still a baby, even for a 2012, but promises to evolve for 25-30 years. It is hard to believe that Claude Blankiet’s first vintage was 1999. Of course, this is a fabulous vineyard that also looks marvelous from the famous Route 29. This is pure Yountville AVA on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just above the valley floor vineyard of Christian Moueix’s Dominus. Blankiet’s blends are made by Denis Malbec, who also works not too far away as the consultant for Kapcsandy. These wines often need time in bottle to show their character, and I thought the 2012s performed even better than they did from barrel. The 2013s look incredible as well. These may be Blankiet’s two greatest vintages to date, even eclipsing the 2001s and 2002s.

    Drink 2016 – 2046

     

     

     

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