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Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (wrinkled label) 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

From the first smell, this wine is open and enticing. Beautiful aromas of ripe berries and toasty spicy oak. Soft and silky across the palate with classic Paradigm finesse. Flavors are of ripe black cherry, blackberry, cedar and sweet vanilla. Rich and lush in the mouth with lots of flavor and elegance. The wine is very enjoyable right now and will last 10 years or more. - Heidi Peterson Barrett, Winemaker

Critical Acclaim

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Connoisseurs' Guide

Root-beer-like sweetness and hints of toasted marshmallows sit to the side of comparatively cramped fruit in the nose here, yet the wine comes across quite well on the palate with a full flush of Cabernet currants to balance its oak. Grabby tannins and a bit of palpable heat follow on the heels of its supple beginnings, yet, while wanting for polish and not certain to find it with age, it has the richness to work with well-seasoned roasts and simply grilled steaks.

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Paradigm

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Paradigm, , California
Paradigm
Ren & Marilyn Harris have been growing grapes in Napa Valley since 1964. They purchased Paradigm in 1976 and totally replanted the vineyard twice! The first time was to change the grape varieties and the second time was to protect the vineyard from phyloxera, which struck Napa Valley in the late 1980’s.

About thirty percent of the grape production at Paradigm is used by the winery and the balance is sold to other premium Napa Valley wineries. It is the intention of the Harris’ to remain at the current five thousand case annual production in order to maintain the close personal contact they enjoy with both the Paradigm crew and the Paradigm wine drinkers they have befriended over the years.

Marilyn is a third generation Napa Valley grape grower whose grandparents came to Napa Valley from the hills of Northern Italy to grow grapes in 1890. Marilyn is assisted by Ren & Marilyn’s daughter Jennifer Harris and together they run the day-to-day business at Paradigm.

Ren Harris is a sixth generation Californian whose predecessors settled San Diego in 1769 and whose great great grand uncle was General Mariano Vallejo; the last Mexican governor of California. Paradigm is located on land General Vallejo gave to George Yount in 1835. Yount in turn planted the first grapes in Napa Valley. Ren is in charge of wine and grape production.

Oakville

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Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district covers the stretch of valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, and Opus One. The climate is generally warm and agreeable and the soil is well-drained, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages.

Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux blends. Oakville wines are known for their rich texture, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit, often with a healthy dose of new oak. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

PBC9042401_2006 Item# 104524

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