Diary Entry #34 - Blankiet Estate 2002 Merlot with a side of SNOB

Dear Diary,

Today is Wednesday May 29th and I’m happy to be back sharing some actual WINE with you in this video since my last wine video did not have any wine in it.

I have recently have been lucky enough to acquired quite a nice selection of 17 fabulous bottles from a wine local collector and I’m going to start sharing them with you in my vlogs.


So today’s wine is going to be the first of the 17 that I will share with you. The wine today is the 2002 Blankiet Merlot. Now as you know if you have watch some of my previous videos, I really enjoy sharing the stories behind the label. I do some research prior to filming as well as I have recently started to reach out to the wineries to see if there is anything specific about their history or story that they would like me to share.

I emailed Blankiet Estates last week and to be honest, I am super disappointed in their responses back to me. They merely responded with attached tasting notes from Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer. I asked again if there were anything special or unique about their story they would like to share, in which they responded with the name of the wine maker and the name of guy who planted the vineyards and that I should visit their website for more info about the property. They didn’t really seem interested in helping to share their story or what made their wine unique and special. I did go to their website prior to emailing them, and there really isn’t much there which is one of the reasons I contacted them directly in the first place…so all in all, the information I received from both the winery and the website was uninformative for the type of information I was looking for. I also googled the winemaker and I’m pretty sure they don’t want me talking about negative press she has received despite Wine Spectator calling her ‘America’s Greatest winemaker’ so I best not talk about how she and her husband were sued back in 2006….I’m not here to slag on her or the winery, but I really was hoping to share some inspiring stories about this wine and I’m sorry but that’s just not going to happen the way I would like.

With that said, I guess I better taste the wine and see if it’s as fabulously snobby as the winery comes across…lol…

The color of the wine is a deep brownish garnet. Often as wine age, they do get a bit of a brownish hue to them.

On the nose, I get spices, dark plum there are also some earthy/leatherny notes that I’m getting.

On the palate, it’s full bodied and quite concentrated in it’s flavours. I feel like this could have aged even another 10 years and it would still be good. I’m not entirely convinced it’s worth the cost of the bottle though. I think this is at least over the $100 mark. This wine definitely needs some food. I find the acids a bit off balance on it’s own.

So I wanted to mention that I will be attending the Wine Bloggers Conference that is being held at the beginning of June. So this will actually be my last video until after that event. I will be filming at the event so likely I’ll be posting some video footage of that to share with everyone.

I’m really excited about it as I’ve signed up for the Kelowna pre-excursion and then the actual conference is in Pentiction and we’ll be visiting a number of wineries in the Okanagan. So stay tuned for that! 

As per usual, may the beauty you love be what you do.


Thanks for watching!