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2005 Duckhorn Vineyards US Red Blend "Paraduxx"

Winery: Duckhorn Vineyards

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Paraduxx"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 60% Zinfandel, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, & 2% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $48

Cases produced: 17,277

KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: March 12, 2008

Wine Review: I had a chance to try this wine at Wine Week at Smith & Wollensky in Boston. This was my favorite wine offered. The beauty of this wine is the Cab adds some structure to the soft 2005 Zin. As a result this dark ruby red wine stands out. It opens with a very pleasant cherry like bouquet. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is smooth, silky, and shows concentrated sweet black cherry flavors with a hint of oak. The finish is quite dry and has soft tannins that are nicely prolonged. This wine is very food friendly and paired nicely with my filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The aroma explodes with ripe fruit—strawberry, boysenberry, and plum, complemented by hints of violets, spice, and orange peel. This wine is medium-bodied with a chewy texture, robust yet approachable tannins, and a firm, lengthy finish. Ripe flavors of raspberry, red cherry, and boysenberry are balanced by complex notes of dark chocolate, espresso bean, and black licorice.

Organic status: not organic

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