2016 PARADIGM OAKVILLE ESTATE MERLOT by HEIDI BARRETT

$53.00

If you are growing Bordeaux varietals, fruit from Oakville is some of the greatest in the world, and for my palate, Oakville offers a perfect balance of both red and black fruit characteristics, as well as the intensity and complexity that makes a complete wine.  It’s these hallmarks that make Cabernet from Oakville so revered around the world, and these very same elements embellish and define the best qualities of Merlot.  One of the best examples of Merlot from Oakville comes from Paradigm winery.  This remarkably stunning Merlot is made by Heidi Barrett and it comes from the Western side of Oakville, just South of Beckstoffer’s Iconic To-Kalon Vineyard. Paradigm’s neighbors include icons, Dominus, Harlan Estate, Opus One, and Martha’s Vineyard… At $53, Paradigm Merlot is a captivating bargain, and it tastes more like a wine that you’d expect to pay twice as much for.

Description

Paradigms Merlot perfectly captures the complexity of Oakville and delivers it with elegance and charm.  On the palate, red and black fruits intertwine and offer vivid impressions of plum, cocoa dusted cherries, cigar box and hints of minerals. Paradigm remains one of the best values in the coveted Oakville appellation and this is a fantastic opportunity to taste a Heidi Barrett creations, sourced from one of Napa Valley’s crown-jewel growing regions, and at a fraction of the price of many of its Oakville neighbors…

2016 PARADIGM OAKVILLE ESTATE MERLOT by HEIDI BARRETT

Winemaker Notes:Bright plum and red cherry-like fruit aromas with a light touch of French Oak and spice flavors. Lush mouthfeel with forward fruit in the mid palate. So silky and tasty with nice purity of flavor and good richness and length. This vineyard is consistent in producing one of the best Merlots in Napa Valley.” ~Heidi Barrett

PARADIGM OAKVILLE MERLOT by HEIDI BARRETT

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