The real star is the nearly 1,000 case-lot of the Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red. The dense, opaque plum/purple-hued 2006 Paradise Hills Vineyard exhibits a beautiful, sweet bouquet of melted chocolate, burning embers, blackberries, mocha, espresso roast, cassis, and cherries as well as stunning concentration, and formidable, but velvety, beautifully integrated tannins. This wine comes across like a hypothetical blend of California, a great Graves, and something from further north in Bordeaux, such as a Pauillac. Full-bodied and powerful, it requires 2-4 years of cellaring, and should evolve for 20-25+ years. 95+ (RP)
Fascinating aromas of dark fruits, souis bois, sweet tobacco and chocolate. Full bodied, with a round and soft tannin structure and lovely chocolate, coffee bean, and spice notes. The finish turns to floral notes of lilacs and violets. Don't touch this until 2014. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
Good dark red, but less deep at the core than the 2005. Plum, game, cocoa, mocha, tobacco and a whiff of leather on the nose; less fruity than the 2005. Fat, silky and sweet, conveying an impression of energetic extraction. A very deep, opulent style but with cool hints of mint and pepper too. Finishes with slightly gritty tannins that are not yet ready for prime time. Quite Graves-like and in need of patience. This was the first vintage in which Blankiet's top red wine did not say Cabernet Sauvignon on the label. 93+ (ST)
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