2016 Paraduxx Napa Valley Red Wine Cork Tree Vineyard
Our Vineyard Series is a collection of limited-production wines that offer their own inspired variations on the innovative style of our Paraduxx red blends. As the coolest of our estate vineyards, Cork Tree yields beautifully structured and sophisticated wines that are as elegant as they are inviting. Combining the lovely red berry and floral notes of great Malbec with the dark fruit character of Cabernet Sauvignon and the vibrant red fruit flavors of Merlot, this alluring wine marries the best qualities of all three varieties.
Composition: 60% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak - 50% new, 50% second vintage
This sophisticated blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon offers effusive aromas of ripe Bing cherry, followed by subtler notes of dried bay leaf and fresh-cut hay. Rich and weighty on the palate, generous ripe berry flavors glide across silky tannins to a long finish with a hint of savory white pepper spice.
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.