One of the six “Napa Valley Super-seconds” according to Robert M. Parker and Antonio Galloni. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from barrels not culled for the flagship cuvées.
International Wine Report (Jan. 2020)
Review by J. D’Angelo
The 2017 ‘Prince of Hearts’ is a gorgeous wine from Blankiet. In 2017 Claude Blankiet and his winemaking team decided to include six barrels fruit which is normally designated for the Estate Proprietary Red into the Prince of Hearts, and the result is wonderful. This instantly opens to striking aromatics of fresh ripe dark currants and dark cherries, which are woven together with spring florals, graphite, dusty loam, tobacco, spices and a touch a touch of licorice all developing beautifully in the glass. On the palate, this is just as impressive, as it possesses a gorgeous textured mouthfeel and a wonderful seamless quality. This goes on to show remarkable overall balance, precision and finesse, with a core of beautiful sweet ripe fruits that expand gracefully through the finish. This is a sensational wine from Blankiet which is already showing beautifully today, however that being said, it could also offer a drinking window that spans two decades.
Vinous (Jan. 2020)
Review by Antonio Galloni
Blankiet’s entry-level Prince of Hearts is gorgeous in 2017. Silky, perfumed and light on its feet, Prince of Hearts is a wine of understatement and nuance more than anything else. Sweet floral and spice notes add brightness and lift to a core of sweet red berry fruit. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade or so.
Jebb Dunnuck Report (Jan. 2020)
Review by Jebb Dunnuck
The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Prince of Hearts Red Paradise Hills Vineyard is another juicy, delicious wine from this estate, and at the price, it certainly represents value. Giving up plenty of black fruits, smoked earth, chocolate, and leafy herbs as well as a hint of new leather, it hits the palate with beautiful purity of fruit, medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, and a clean, classy style that’s going to drink beautifully for 10–15 years.