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Duckhorn Paraduxx Red Blend California Napa Napa Valley Marchesi David 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

This well-structured Napa Valley Red Wine offers rich, mouth-filling fruit flavors, elegant balance and supple yet defined tannins. The bouquet displays enticing lavender, violet and rose petal floral notes, intertwined with menthol, black cherry, smoke and spice. On the palate, layers of red currant, plum, tobacco, black pepper and pencil lead surround a juicy core of brambly black fruit highlighted by blackberry and black cherry. Varietal Content 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 44% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot

Duckhorn Vineyards:
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.

Editorial Reviews for Duckhorn Paraduxx Red Blend California Napa Napa Valley Marchesi David

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
12/14/2009

Black cherry, vanilla, tobacco leaf, herbs, earth, and a touch of French oak are all nicely balanced. This is seamless on entry with excellent purity of black cherry fruit. The acidity creeps up on you a little but the fruit is very precise and fresh with lovely suggestions of herb and tomato with fine shadings of cigarbox and cedar. This is refined and elegant with excellent length in a surprisingly fresh and juicy style that really highlights the red fruits. 93pts


Member Reviews for Duckhorn Paraduxx Red Blend California Napa Napa Valley Marchesi David

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4.00 5
09/22/2009

Bright, lovely fruit, drying but balanced tannins, great acidity, ripe red fruit, good spice and a long warm finish.


4.00 5
12/12/2009

Chocolate covered strawberry aromas make way for a tasty wine, rich and rewarding, the acidity is well in balance with the alcohol, there's loads of spice and a good backbone of tannin. A confident wine.


3.50 5
09/22/2009

Quite floral black fruit nose alongside earthier aromas and black olives. Flavors are brighter, red fruit with powdered sugar, big tannins and a long finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
03/31/2010

Thick and dark, cherry creeps in with other blackfruits and blueberries on the release. Also gives mint and cardemom in the nose


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
2.50 5
03/31/2010

Smooth aroma with oak, herbs, melon. Chalky. Long body, a bit sharp, bitter aftertaste


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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4.00 5
04/02/2010

berry filled jammy aromas. palate offers loads of dark fruit, cassis, black currants with sweet jam-like combinations, silky smooth mouthfeel


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
09/13/2009

Is it bad to love a second label more than the first? When the wines are young, I tend to pick Decoy over the same vintage Duckhorn. The 2006 Decoy is no exception. One year after my first review of this wine, good balance, a little hot, smokiness, spice, and leather. Earthy, nice tannins and dark fruit. Worked well with a rib-eye.


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External Reviews for Duckhorn Paraduxx Red Blend California Napa Napa Valley Marchesi David

07/05/2011

"Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. It is a difficult if wholly enjoyable task to pick a clear favorite


07/05/2011

"Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. A long-time winner when it comes to Merlot


07/05/2011

"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. If arguably a slightly smaller scaled wine than its more opulent mates


11/12/2010

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. It is a difficult if wholly enjoyable task to pick a clear favorite, and like its partner from Rector Creek, this one is a wonderfully supple and fleshy wine whose ample ripeness and delicious fruit come without excess. Its nicely fit tannins provide structure without imparting toughness while its inviting charms remind a bit of top-flight Merlot, and, if close to irresistible now, it too is a candidate for long-term keeping and should be held for at least a half-dozen years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. If arguably a slightly smaller scaled wine than its more opulent mates, this bottling still shows fine fruity depth as well as the polish that seems a Duckhorn signature in 2006. It takes a somewhat more mannerly and elegant tack yet has a fine sense of muscle as well, and, while never a powerful wine, it hangs on and on at the finish. Tag it for drinking in three or four years, but know that its balance and depth will ensure a good ten years of life.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. 2006 has been a bit uneven as far as Cabernet is concerned


11/12/2010

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. The inaugural release of Duckhorn's new proprietary label is a study in sturdiness, ripeness and size. Long on essential fruit, yet a little less "fruity" in style, it exhibits a complex mix of toast, cedary spice, espresso, raspberries and well-ripened currants. It is the tightest, most firmly built bottling on the winery's 2006 roster and is finished with a fair bit of grippy young tannins, but its potential for better is beyond dispute, and it warrants at least five years of patience.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


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Tasting Notes:

As the debut vintage of our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was blended to showcase the structure and complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon from this storied winegrowing region. Crafted around a core of older vine fruit from our Stout Vineyard, there is an unmistakable wildness to this wine with wild berry layers supported by earthy undertones, fresh herb layers of mint, eucalyptus and sage, and an oak-inspired note of coconut macaroon. A study in power and restraint, this mountain-grown wine is broad and lush on the palate with a big, yet elegant, finish.

This well-structured Napa Valley Red Wine offers rich, mouth-filling fruit flavors, elegant balance and supple yet defined tannins. The bouquet displays enticing lavender, violet and rose petal floral notes, intertwined with menthol, black cherry, smoke and spice. On the palate, layers of red currant, plum, tobacco, black pepper and pencil lead surround a juicy core of brambly black fruit highlighted by blackberry and black cherry. Varietal Content 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 44% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot

2,941 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 20 Months Age of Barrels: 80% New, 20% Second Vintage

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: .66 grams per liter

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