92 Points - James Suckling
2019 Paraduxx X2 Napa Valley Red Wine
1: to multiply by itself
2: raise to the second power
3: to balance
Since 1994, Paraduxx has set the standard for stylish Napa Valley blends. Crafted for the modern palate, these visionary wines have established a reputation for their boldness, character and complexity. Building on this innovative history, X2 represents an exponential expression of our Paraduxx style, and the pinnacle of our portfolio. A block and barrel selection of our finest estate grapes, it balances the depth and structure of mountain grapes with the lush vibrancy of valley floor fruit.
Blend Composition: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Zinfandel
Both opulent and elegant, this stunning wine immediately grabs your attention, exuding luxurious aromas of ripe black cherry, blueberry, leather, lavender and cassis, with hints of gravel dust and barrel notes of vanilla, sandalwood and baking spices adding nuance and complexity. On the bold, rich palate, the flavors span the spectrum from red and blue to black fruits, with savory layers of saddle leather, sweet tobacco leaf and dried herbs mingling with notes of toasted almonds and caramelized sugar throughout a long, fascinating finish.
The 2019 vintage began with a cold, wet winter followed by a cool spring, which resulted in a late budbreak. The cool, consistent weather provided abundant hangtime, ensuring ideal flavor development in the grapes. Yields for our red varieties were slightly above average, and temperate late-season weather allowed for a measured pace to harvest. Across the board, the 2019 wines are bright and balanced with smooth, elegant tannins and lush, vibrant flavors.
0.57 g/100 ml
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak 70% new, 30% neutral