Paraduxx Napa Valley 2006
Harvest Notes * The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer * A mid-July heat spike accelerated ripening * Mild temperatures throughout the fall allowed for a moderately paced harvest * The long growing season yielded added complexity, intense flavors and excellent aroma development Sensory Profile * Dense color with a red cherry hue * Aromas of plum, chocolate and cherry pie accentuated by hints of violet, clove, cinnamon spice and vanilla bean * Bright red fruit flavors of Bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry, contrasted by dark and compelling layers of blueberry, mocha and molasses * Great structure with smooth, fine tannins, a black pepper mid-palate and long nutmeg and red currant finish Varietal Content 64% Zinfandel, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc Harvest Information Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: September 8 — November 2, 2006 Cooperage 18 months in oak 50% American oak, 50% French oak 50% new, 50% second vintage Technical Data Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.5 degrees Brix Alcohol: 14.5% 0.61 g/ml titratable acidity pH: 3.50 Bottled: May 2008 Released: November 2008
Wonderfully balanced tannins and mild acidity, with a tangy smokey palate, and rich notes of coffee with blackberry, banana, kiwi, and mango
Really spicy and hot red fruits soak the nose. A juicy wine, pleasant to drink, with fresh raspberry, good acidity on the backpalate, and some dark chocolate.
Eucalyptus with baking spice and a tiny bit of syrup on the nose. Complex and delicate with tiny velvety tannins and a big spicy finish. Very nicely balanced acidity.
Blueberry, plums and a little phenol on the nose. Starts with a little licorice, but moves past that quickly to a wine thats warm and rich, if a little tight still, with leather, tobacco and cherry flavors. Solid
Interesting blend and it works! Nice straw/blackberry and cedar flavors with hints of lavender and spice. - Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/28/10
The color is dark ruby. The nose and initial flavor is full of heavy tannins and lots of oak. There is no fruit and bitter. The follow-through is rough, has lots of back throat coat and a light mouth feel. This is a decent wine to pair with 'burgers'.
Wonderful compliment to a black-pepper seasoned steak. Love the smokey aroma.
External Reviews for Paraduxx Napa Valley
Wine Tasting NotesDense color with a red cherry hue. Aromas of plum, chocolate and cherry pie accentuated by hints of violet, clove, cinnamon spice and vanilla bean. Bright red fruit flavors of Bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry, contrasted by dark and compelling layers of blueberry, mocha and molasses. Great structure with smooth, fine tannins, a black pepper mid-palate and long nutmeg and red currant finish.
A touch leathery, with chocolate, leather, sage and black currant merging with generous toasty oak. Firms up nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2004.
A blend of Zinfandel and three Bordeaux varieties, this rich, fruity wine is meant to be opened now. It's forward in blackberry, cherry, raspberry, currant and spice flavors, wrapped into finely ground tannins, and is dry. From Duckhorn.
A proprietary blend of 65% Zinfandel, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot, aged in both American and French oak (primarily new), this deep opaque ruby/purple-colored effort offers a sexy bouquet of chocolate, cassis, berries, and melted road tar. Some oak emerges with airing. Medium to full-bodied, the Cabernet Sauvignon component presently dominates this excellent wine's personality. Consume it over the next 6-7 years.
A Zinfandel blend that's both briary and well-structured, showing black cherry and peppery sage aromas followed by sleek wild berry, mineral and licorice flavors that take on firm tannins. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2015.
Duckhorn's most innovative wine, Paraduxx was created as a way to showcase Napa Valley's exceptional grape growing with a blend that is pure California. 64% Zinfandel, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in French and American oak. It shows the rich berry fruit of Zin with the depth and style of Napa Cab. Connoisseur’s Guide scored it 94 points and said “This deep, impressively extracted version of this perennial CG favorite marries well-defined blackberry fruit with a layer of ripe currants, a good dose of sweet oak and touches of milk-chocolate. Its sense of layered richness and its accents of sweet earth speak to classic Napa Valley character, and, thanks to its provenance, its unique mix of grapes and the attention that the Duckhorn folks pay to it, it continues to be a more sophisticated wine than Zinfandel typically yields. "