2001 Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a great effort from Blankiet that has turned out beautifully, with a silky personality, voluptuous texture, beautiful nose of roasted herbs, burning embers, smoked meat, spring flowers, and plenty of blackberry and cassis. Almost La Mission Haut-Brion-ish in its character thanks to the minerality and smokiness, the wine is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and has shed its once-considerable tannins, which are relatively rapid-paced. That said, as drinkable and complex as it is already, this wine still has another 20 years left in it. ~95RP