Composed of 84.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Merlot, 4.4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard delivers impactful scents of chocolate-covered cherries, crushed black currants, warm plums and mulberries with touches of camphor, iron ore, forest floor and black truffles. The medium-bodied palate is as elegant as it is intense, offering electric black fruit and earthy layers with loads of mineral sparks and a fine-grained frame, finishing with great length and compelling restraint.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is based on 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the rest close to an even split of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A more brooding, backward wine, it reveals a dense purple hue to go with primordial notes of black and blue fruits, graphite, crushed stone, smoked tobacco, and a hint of violets. As with all these latest releases from Blankiet, the purity is just about off the charts, it's flawlessly balanced, and has ample structure as well as a great finish. This magical Cabernet is desperately in need of 4-6 years, if not a decade of bottle age, but will be very long-lived.