Paradigm Estate Merlot 2019, 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. 2019 vintage – 90% Merlot, 10% 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. Dark ruby in color with lovely aromas of black cherry, mocha, and ripe plum. Mouthcoating, silky, vibrant flavors, quite velvety with a graceful balanced finish. Lush, round, and rich. A gorgeous example of yummy Oakville merlot!. – Heidi Barrett, Winemaker