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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Paraduxx  2005
Paraduxx 2005
(search item no. 93302)
collectible wine

Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $53.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Paraduxx is a unique Napa Valley red wine with its foundation in Zinfandel, California's resident grape, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Created in 1994 to provide the winemaking team with the opportunity to explore other varietals, Paraduxx was quickly recognized as having its own personality and style. Blended with Napa Valley mountain fruit as well as valley floor grapes from Estate vineyards, Paraduxx has rich, full fruit flavors and soft, integrated tannins, making it a natural complement to a wide array of foods. For each vintage, an artist's interpretation of a pair of ducks native to the Pacific Flyway is featured on the label.

Each vintage, Paraduxx celebrates an artist-label series with a different artist's signature medium and style interpreted through a pair of ducks native to the Pacific Flyway. The 2005 Paraduxx label is the twelfth in this series. For this release, Canadian artist Patrice Wolput created an oil painting of a pair of Red Head ducks.

"Other varietals may add their voices to this very rich wine, and Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular, brings a firm streak of tannin, but the wine is very much Zinfandel at its heart and is rife with very deep blackberry fruit and vanilla. Full and fleshy in feel, if still a bit astringent on the back end, it is beginning to hint at complexity to come and deserves to be left alone for some three or four more years."
-Connoisseurs' Guide

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About Paraduxx:

Paraduxx is an uncommon blend of Zinfandel, California's resident grape, and the classic Bordeaux varietals of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Following in the tradition of "Super-Tuscan" wines of Italy, Paraduxx showcases the excellence of Napa Valley grapes in a unique way. Zinfandel has a history of success in Napa Valley's temperate climate and well-drained soils. We source our Zinfandel fruit from warmer growing regions with mature vines that produce concentrated, flavorful berries.

Paraduxx is an ideal wine to pair with a variety of foods, particularly, traditional Mediterranean-style fare of light pasta dishes and grilled meats. We use French and American oak cooperage for the Zinfandel to accentuate the fruitiness and to add a dimension of toast and vanilla. The Bordeaux varieties are aged in traditional French cooperage.

Paraduxx and Duckhorn Wine Company support conservation of the wetlands of the Pacific flyway.