Paraduxx winery is an off-shot of the infamous Duckhorn and is till headed-up by members of the Duckhorn family to this day. It’s goal is simple – take top-shelf California Zinfandel and blend it with bordeaux varietals to come up with wines that taste better than the sum of its parts. For a number of years now they have enjoyed success in that arena as its wines have generally scored well by the mainstream publications and has a loyal following as well.
- Composition: 72% Zinfandel, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
- Origin Appellation: Napa Valley
- Harvest Dates: August 31 — October 31, 2007
- Aging & Oak: 15 months in oak, 60% French oak, 40% American oak 50% new, 50% second vintage
- Production and Technical Data:
- Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.7° Brix
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- 0.56 g/ml titratable acidity
- pH: 3.75
- Bottled: May 2009
- Released: February 2010
- Price: $48
Nose: Cherry cola, raspberries, tar, tobacco, black licorice, black pepper, pink peppercorns and some twizzler action.
Taste: Good amounts of charcoal-laced cherry cola along with leather boots, blackberries, raspberries, black pepper and cherries. Good tannin structure all through the mid-palate with a hint of shoe polish as well. The finish does bring out a hint of vanilla, however, it’s a bit too hot for a wine priced at this level. I’m going 75% on this wine as I’ve tasted other wines for around the $25-$30 mark that actually have more to offer.