2018 Blankiet Estate Rive Droite, Paradise Hills Vineyard

Rive Droite

Our true Bordeaux Right Bank wine. Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc. This wine is gorgeously fruit forward with a core of minerality.

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Review

  • Vinous

    Review by Antonio Galloni

    Rating: (97)

    The 2018 Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard is a wine of pure and total sensuality. Blood orange, raspberry jam, mint, white pepper, and cinnamon are some of the many notes that lift from the glass. It is another wine in this range marked by bright acids and veins of salinity that confer energy. The Merlot emerges from mostly from parcels close to the entrance of the estate that are shaded and relatively cool. It is the most reserved of the three flagship wines. Dark red plum, blood orange, mint and sweet spice leave behind the closing shades of nuance.

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  • International Wine Report

    Review by Joe D’Angelo

    Rating: (97)

    The 2018 Rive Droite is a spectacular wine from Blankiet Estate that displays a stunning combination of power and refinement. This Right Bank inspired blend slowly unwinds in the glass, releasing wonderful aromatics of ripe blackberries, black cherries, and hints of blueberries, which are accented by crushed florals, tobacco, and wet gravel. This possesses a gorgeous full body that is beautifully structured with polished tannins that provide excellent support. This displays remarkable definition and poise ending with an incredible long finish. While this is already gorgeous in its youth, it should ultimately become even more compelling after a few more years of bottle age.

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  • Tastingbook

    Review by Tastingbook.com

    Rating: (99)

    The Tastingbook points (Tb points) given to this wine are the world’s most valid and up-to-date evaluation of the quality of the wine. Tastingbook points are formed by the Tastingbook algorithm, taking into account the wine ratings of the world’s 50 best-known professional wine critics, wine ratings by thousands of Tastingbook’s professionals and user’s, the generally recognized vintage quality and reputation of the vineyard and winery. Wine needs at least five professional ratings to get a Tb score. Tastingbook.com is the world largest wine information service, unbiased, non-commercial, and free for everyone.

  • Jebb Dunnuck Report (Jan. 2021)

    Review by Jeb Dunnuck

    Rating: (99)

    The 2018 Merlot Rive Droite is another powerhouse in the lineup that has both richness and elegance in spades. Gorgeous black cherries, currants, tobacco leaves, chocolate, chalky minerality, and cedar pencil notes give way to a full-bodied, seamless red with polished tannins, remarkable purity, and a great, great finish. A killer Merlot-dominated blend that flirts with perfection, enjoy bottles any time over the coming 15 – 20 years. The blend is 96.1% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Hello, Gorgeous!

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