Wine of The Week – 2012 Paraduxx Howell Mountain Napa Valley Red Wine - 91 Points

Paraduxx started in 2004 with an express purpose to achieve uniform and consistent success with blended wines over stand-alone wines, all made from Napa Valley fruit. Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Zinfandel, this is that rare two-grape blend that allows both grapes to shine in equal measure. The reason this works so well is undeniably the Zinfandel and how it is grown and treated. Worth noting is that this is Howell Mountain fruit grown in volcanic soils, helping to make this Zinfandel more mature. There is a significant oak expression on this wine, however, making it immensely drinkable, smooth and enjoyable but it doesn’t lose its acidity and tannic structure. Aged for 18 months - 60% new French oak - however as noted, the fruit and wood are harmonious. The wine presents blackberry, blue berry black currant, slight boysenberry cobbler, cracked pepper spice, with back notes of sage, anise, mild to moderate tannins and subtle notes of charred vanilla and crème brulee. This is a demonstrative wine and a little time decanting will help to soften it to make it better with food.

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Average Price: $80/ 750ML
Alcohol: 14.5%
Pair With: Braised red wine short ribs with Parmesan polenta; Grilled quail with sage and shallots; Pan fried salmon with maple ginger demi-glaze.
Availability: Limited/825 Cases
Website: www.Paraduxx.com

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.