Blankiet Estate is located on the western foothills of the Mayacamas mountain range over-looking Yountville in the Napa Valley of California. Created in 1996 by Claude and Katherine Blankiet, sixteen acres have been developed by renowned viticulturist David Abreu. The vineyards, known as Paradise Hills, are stunningly beautiful with gorgeous views of the valley. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are planted on volcanic soil. Merlot is planted on a deep layer of alluvial clay deposited by streams draining the mountain range high above. Sustainable farming is practiced and the human hand is the connection between vines and wines.
For the past two years our director of winemaking has been Denis Malbec, former cellar master of the famed Château Latour in Bordeaux. Denis was born at Latour where his grandfather Camille tended the vineyards since 1920. Denis’ father, Jean-Noel Malbec, also born at Latour was in charge of viticulture at the estate since 1947 before becoming cellar master from 1969 to 1994.