2016 Duckhorn Paraduxx Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
James Suckling: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 86
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"Fruit-driven, with an engaging core of plum, blackberry and black cherry preserve flavors, backed by cocoa and tobacco on the finish. A bit obvious in style, but will have fans. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2021. 18,000 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"An unusually minty cabernet for a modern Napa wine, but the delicate bitter-chocolate note is very modern. The elegant, moderately dry tannins and the crispness at the long finish make this super food-friendly for a red with almost 15 per cent alcohol. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine checks in as an interesting blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 19% Petit Verdot, and 7% Merlot. It's a delicious, fruit-forward, textured effort that has tons of cassis, toasted spice, licorice, and dried herb aromas and flavors. It's nicely balanced and packs tons of pleasure." (JD)

"Thick, tannic and oak-driven, this is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 19% Petit Verdot and 7% Merlot. Sage, herb, cranberry and currant highlight a hugely powerful palate of ripe rich fruit and robust structure. -Virginie Boone" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Production Notes:
Composition: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 19% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak - 40% new, 60% second vintage

Winemaker Notes:
This wine begins with alluring aromas of black currant and blueberry, as well as a subtle underlying note of rich milk chocolate. On the palate, luxurious layers of berry jam, sandalwood and leather mingle with hints of toasted coconut, all supported by a silky texture that carries the wine to a long, supple finish.

2016 was an incredibly successful harvest for Paraduxx. Starting on August 15th with our Rector Creek Estate Viognier and ending on October 20th with perfectly ripened Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, the season was seamless. Overall, we harvested 15 different grape varieties from 14 different Napa Valley appellations. The growing season was filled with warm sunny days, intermittent cool weeks, and no rain events to speak of—all of which were ideal for achieving perfect ripeness with good natural acidity. Overall, there is a lovely elegance to our 2016 wines, with soft, velvety tannins and ripe, impeccably balanced berry flavors.