2017 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, this alluring wine marries the best qualities of all both varietals.
Blend Composition: 100% Estate fruit 55% Malbec, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon; Oak Profile & Aging: Aged 18 months in 100% French oak 50% new
Beautifully lush and expansive, this wine begins with radiant red berry aromas that leap from the glass. As it evolves, notes of sweet hay, dried flowers, earth and graham crackers add depth and intrigue. On the palate, rich, supple tannins and creamy hints of oak underscore the generous cherry, cassis and cream soda flavors, carrying the wine to a long silky finish.
Winter rains were followed by a warm, dry spring in Napa Valley that led to a perfectly timed budbreak. With lovely weather throughout summer, all of our white varieties were harvested before a week-long heat event during the last week of August, resulting in Chardonnay and Viognier with excellent acids and enticing aromas. Because the early-season rains produced healthy canopies, our red grapes developed perfectly during the heat. After a timely cooldown that provided additional hangtime, our reds were harvested in September and early October, yielding bold and robust wines with beautifully polished tannins.