Winemaker - Don LaBorde
Paraduxx Winemaker Don LaBorde is committed to the idea that the Napa Valley is capable of producing exceptional, contemporary blends that showcase a uniquely Californian personality. Don combines his mastery of multiple grape varieties, winemaking experience spanning two continents, and a love of blending to make wines acclaimed for their stature and sophistication.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Don gained an international perspective on winemaking by earning his wine science degree from Australia’s Charles Sturt University where he honed his skills with multiple grape varieties.
Don’s experience working across the varietal spectrum continued at Napa Valley’s Trefethen Family Vineyards, where he was the enologist. Don further refined his approach to blending when he became the assistant winemaker at Francis Coppola Winery, in 2008, where he supervised winemaking activities at multiple facilities.
Don joined Duckhorn Wine Company in 2011 as the associate winemaker for Sonoma County, overseeing Decoy. Recognized for his exceptional palate and his ability to work with an array of varieties, Don was soon named the winemaker for Decoy, where he played a key role in establishing it as one of the modern wine industry’s great success stories.
In 2014, in recognition of his skill as a winemaker, and his masterful blending ability, Don was named the winemaker for Paraduxx. “Paraduxx is a winemaker’s dream,” says Don. “I get to work with the finest fruit in the world, and make wines that are not limited to specific grape varieties, or varietal percentages. We create our own benchmarks at Paraduxx. This gives us remarkable freedom to create iconic and compelling blends that capture the rich diversity of Napa Valley.”
Since being founded in 1994, Paraduxx has earned acclaim as the only winery solely devoted to stylish Napa Valley blends. Artfully crafted to appeal to the modern palate, the visionary blends of the Paraduxx portfolio have established a reputation for their bold, expressive character and their food-friendly sophistication.
All of the wines in the Paraduxx portfolio are made in a state-of-the art winery that was unveiled in 2005. The centerpiece of the Paraduxx winery is a unique 10-sided fermentation building inspired by traditional round barns. Flanking the fermentation building are two symmetrical barrel cellars, partially set below grade to allow gravity flow of the fermented wine to oak barrels for aging. The luxuriously appointed Paraduxx Vineyard House welcomes guests for an array of intimate sit-down tasting experiences.
Committed to Quality
Fusing the grandeur of Cabernet Sauvignon with the robust flavors of California's native Zinfandel, Paraduxx's premiere bottling embraced the best of both core varietals to produce a world-class blend with a decidedly Californian personality. With a nod to the great blends of the world-from the Super Tuscan wines of Italy to the Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon blends of Australia-this wine became Paraduxx's flagship bottling. It also became a template for future blends, creating a philosophy to guide the exploration of the union of different varietals. This philosophy can be seen across the portfolio, where every blend features at least one non-Bordeaux varietal. Don LaBorde strives to create blends that capture the essence of Napa Valley terroir - wines that are inherently ripe, robust and compelling, but also impeccably balanced, with the depth, complexity and acidity to complement modern cuisine.
Dedicated to attaining new benchmarks for blends in California, Don combines consummate Napa viticulture with a vibrant approach to winemaking. Understanding that each vineyard block is as one-of-a-kind as a fingerprint, Don harvests and barrel ages each lot of fruit separately. These lots come from four acclaimed estate vineyards (Rector Creek, Monitor Ledge, Stout and Cork Tree), as well as a selection of fruit from some of the finest growers in the Napa Valley.