The 2017 Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard is the least expressive of Blankiet’s 2017s today. My impression is that the Merlot has likely suffered more than Cabernet during the heat spikes of 2017, as the Rive Droite comes across as decidedly medium in body, with less textural depth than is typical.
Jeb Dunnuck 96
The Merlot-dominated 2017 Merlot Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard (there’s 4% Cabernet Franc in the blend) is also straight-up brilliant, showing tons of ripe black cherry, chocolate, coffee bean, and truffly herb aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and powerful, it has the same elegant tannin structure found in the Proprietary Red, nicely integrated acidity, terrific purity, and a great finish. It’s not for those looking for massive richness and decadence, but it has a purity, elegance, and minerality that makes it a joy to drink.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040