2007 Paraduxx Hooded Merganser

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.

Technical Data:

  • 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.

W.E.P. Rating: 75%

On the web: www.paraduxx.com