Paradigm Winery 2017 Estate Merlot, Oakville
Item Number: 14546
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 90% Merlot / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.3
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 701
Heidi Barrett’s Tasting Notes: "Ruby red color with aromas of red plums and cherry fruit layered with hints of toasty French Oak. Some dried spices in the nose as well, cardamom and five spice. Very soft and supple across the palate with red fruit character dominating the flavor profile. Barely there silky tannins add structure and texture without heaviness. Balance and length are good with persistent flavors lasting several minutes. Yummy."
Vineyard Notes: The Paradigm vineyard lies between the Yountville Hill and the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard includes 38 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Merlot, 2 acres of Cabernet Franc, 1.5 acres of Zinfandel and 1 acre of Petit Verdot. he vineyard lies solely on a northeast trending alluvial fan. A random sampling of 100 pebbles indicates over 95 percent of the rock fragments are volcanic. Rare but distinctive quartz rich sandstone were sampled. Read more about the terroir here .
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are sourced from Paradigm estate vineyards. The grapes are manually harvested and sorted in the field. Sorting occurs again by hand back at the winery via a conveyor belt. Pumping over is done by hand. The Merlot is aged in 100% French oak barrels for for 20 months and in bottle for an additional 14 months.