Boy, I wonder how many times that has been used when people talk about this week’s “Wine of the Week?” Effort, maybe an 8, originality, a 1.
If you didn’t figure it out, I’m reviewing:
Paraduxx Proprietary Napa Valley Red Wine 2014
Described by the winery: “Paraduxx is founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn as the only Napa Valley winery devoted exclusively to making Napa Valley blends.” Since its beginning in 1993, Paraduxx has been assembling blends primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grenache and Syrah, a white and a Rosé round out the field.
Important to point out, I decided to partake of this bottle sort of “sight unseen.” I can’t “not see” the bottle, but I did drink the wine before setting out to research its roots (not it’s actual roots but the technicals of the wine). I tried (not too hard) to find the genesis of the name, but being owned by Duckhorn (actually the last name of the founders), and owning other wineries with names like: Goldeneye, Migration, Decoy, Canvasback and recent additions of Calera (in late 2017) and Kosta Brown (mid last year), made me think someone creative just came up with it.
Once sampled, I then found myself immediately wanting to get to the bottom (of the wine, not the bottle itself). Reason being; is that while I thoroughly enjoyed the wine, I did notice a slightly different flavor to it that made me realize that this wasn’t a “typical” red blend (Bordeaux, Claret, Meritage whatever you call them these days). Once online and scouring the website, I see right away my reasoning for questioning the wine. Zinfandel! I’m so used to the Bordeaux varieties that it didn’t occur to me prior to drinking that this grape might be in the mix. For the technical notes, click here.
Much like a Bordeaux style wine, it carries weight as well as subtleties, a little blackberry fruit and a rustic edge from the 18 months of predominantly French Oak aging, a 50/50 mix of new and one-year-old wood. While the Cabernet was dominant, that 30% or so of Zin produced a palate-pleasing wine that should still have a few more years.
While this still is the winery’s flagship wine, it should be noted that as I leaped through their website, it was obvious that they have developed many more blends, some of the single-vineyard status. That may leave me with the dubious challenge to drink through a few more to see, and taste, what else lay in store!