Paradigm Estate Merlot 2018, Oakville, Napa Valley, California

Paradigm consists of four contiguous parcels totaling fifty five acres. Paradigm is a selfcontained winery estate; including fifty acres of vineyard, the winery, two homes, a warehouse, a barn and an acre of olive trees. 2018 vintage – 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paradigm’s estate vineyards located in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley. “Our Merlot is well suited to the Oakville district of Napa Valley. The Merlot was fermented for 10 days on the skins with frequent pumpovers. To preserve the well structured berry flavors and full bodied fruit characteristics, the wine was aged for 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels. This delicate balance allows the slight toastiness to present itself on the finish without taking the spotlight from the fruit. The wine is a medium garnet color with lovely aromas of red and dark plums, black cherry, and a little cranberry-like fruit. There is a savory spice element of Chinese five-spice and some sweet toasty French Oak. Across the palate it is soft, elegant, with matching flavors to the aromatics. I get lots of plum, fruit, nice acidity, and good length. This will be delicious with many food options so enjoy pairing with your favorites. – Heidi Barrett, Winemaker