2018 Duckhorn Proprietary Red Paraduxx
2018 Duckhorn Proprietary Red Paraduxx, Napa Valley, USA
Napa Valley, an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, California, is the most famous and prestigious wine region anywhere in the New World. Although a number of grape varieties are grown in the valley’s vineyards, the area is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic “Napa Cab”, the archetypal Napa Valley wine, is a rich, oak-aged red with aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, liquorice, vanilla and smoky, bittersweet chocolate.
Situated immediately north of San Pablo Bay, the valley runs roughly SE – NW for approximately 35 miles (60km) between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges (to the east and west respectively). The scenic 40-minute drive between the Napa and Calistoga townships passes through some of the most valuable viticultural real estate on Earth.
Cabernet – Merlot – Zinfandel is a big, bold Californian take on the traditional Bordeaux Blend. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (and often Cabernet Franc) are found together in wines across the world, from Bordeaux to Australia, South Africa, Italy and even in Brazil. But it is only in the United States (and in particular in California) that they are joined by Zinfandel, making a structured and richly flavored red wine.