2016 PARADIGM OAKVILLE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
If I were to choose one wine that perfectly expresses Oakville’s notorious complexity, Paradigm would be my first choice. Their Estate Vineyard is ideally positioned directly South of Andy Beckstoffer’s Iconic To-Kalon Vineyard in an area widely considered the epicenter of Grand Cru quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery’s neighbors include icons, Dominus, Harlan, Opus One, and Martha’s Vineyard, and under $100, Paradigm tips the scales with groundbreaking levels of quality.
This absolutely stunning Cabernet was made by Heidi Barrett whose past and present clients includes Amuse Bouche, Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Grace Family, Revana, David Arthur and Barbour… Heidi made the 2016 Paradigm Cab vintage in a focused, beautifully knit style that’s concentrated and highly detailed. The wine spends 20 months in oak and 20 months in the bottle before release and offers a parade of focused red and black fruits, minerals, and vanilla bean.