Paradigm Winery, Oakville, Napa Valley
Paradigm Winery, Oakville, Napa Valley

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2005 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Estate
"With aromas and flavors of cassis, cedar and graphite, this wine delivers richness and complexity without weight and tannin," says sommelier Christie Dufault.   "It's proof that bigger is not always better."

90 pts.
 It is full, supple, rounded and a tad fleshy on the palate, and while it is a very tasty effort that is sure to please with rich beef or lamb roasts, it wants a touch more depth and inner reserve to be find the grandeur that has shown up in its best earlier versions.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

2002 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, Estate
Notably complex and complete, with a mix of sweet, ripe currant, black cherry and plum accented by ample vanilla bean an mocha-scented oak.  The tannins are firm, ripe, and well-integrated, giving it an elegant mouthfeel.
The Wine Spectator

Winter's here, time to hibernate at home and delve into some California Cabernet. My candidate is the 2002 Paradigm - rich and sumptuous, with the taste of dark sweet berries and a live--wire acidity. As California Cabs go, this one is a lithe feminine expression of the grape with a smooth elegance that brings you back to the glass again and again.
S. Irene Virbila, The Los Angeles Times

Pretty much a copy of last year, maybe a tad less opulent, this is a soft, balanced Cabernet that shows off Oakville's supreme ability to ripen fruit and tannins.  It's a gentle, thoroughly dry wine, rich in black currant, cherry and mocha flavors, with a nice cut of acidity.  Best in its youth, but should hold for 10 years.
Wine Enthusist Magazine
Celebrated winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett has blended a little merlot (4 percent) and a respectable amount of cabernet franc (2 percent) with some pretty remarkable cabernet sauvignon for this 4,000 case release – a wine that tastes of ripe, juicy plums with a dash of vanilla and, without question, demands a second glass.
The Napa Valley Register

Smelling of Cocoa, dried currants, vanilla and touches of dusty earth in its very well-concentrated and deeply filled aromas, this showy young Cabernet follows with like-minded flavors that are surprisingly open and easy to taste given the wine’s tender age.  While it shows enough tannin for proper structure, the wine is never tough or coarse, and its mannerly style makes it one for drinking in three or four years while its astringent cousins take more time to come around.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

....(Heidi) Barrett makes Paradigm much the same way she makes Screaming Eagle, she says.  The vineyards, on the opposite side of Oakville, have more uniform soils but the root stocks and Cabernet clones are more diverse.

The big difference, however, is that Paradigm is easy to find for $50 a bottle.  Owner Ren Harris, who has had the vineyards since the 1960s, “won’t charge more,” she says.  “It’s just who he is.”

Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2005
(full citation here - pdf file)

2001 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Estate posseses supple tannin, medium body, and layers of cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with spice box, cedar, licorice, and dried herbs. Drink it over the next 7 - 8 years.
Robert Parker, 12/03

Made by Heidi Barrett, a gracefully soft, impressive balanced wine, with ripe, almost sweet cassis, cherry and cocoa flavors, Sure is easy to drink, but also has the structural harmony to hang in there for up to 10 years.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
1999 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Estate
The finest offering in this portfolio is the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 95.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and a touch of Merlot. There are nearly 4,000 cases of this elegant, ripe, medium-bodied 1999. Aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, black currants, and cherries are presented in a medium-bodied, forward style. It can be drunk now, or aged for a decade or more.
Robert Parker, 12/03
The Wine Spectator has chosen Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon as one of "Napa's Top 50 Cabernets"  based on all wines reviewed by the magazine since 1990. The Spectator says of Paradigm "This Oakville property makes supple, graceful wines true to the appellation."

Paradigm was also noted by the Wine Spectator for being among the top 5 Napa Cabernets in terms of "Quality to Price Ratio."

2004 Paradigm Merlot, Oakville, Estate
Well structured and focused, with ripe plum, spice and cedar aromas and black cherry and mocha coffee flavors that take on richness and tannins on the finish…90 points.
The Wine Spectator (11/07)
2001 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Estate
Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, spicy, raspberry and red currant aroma with hints of green olive and sweet oak; full body; rich, textured, cassis and berry fruit flavors; firmly structured; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows well-defined varietal character and rather elegant style. Very appealing to taste now
though deserving another two to four more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.
California Grapevine
2001 Paradigm Zinfandel, Oakville, Estate
A supple, creamy-textured Zin that avoids being overripe, offering a mix of ripe, loamy black cherry, wild berry and plum fruit that's deftly balanced, finishing with a long, complex, concentrated aftertaste. Drink now through 2009. (JL)
The Wine Spectator (10/04)
2000 Paradigm Merlot, Oakville, Estate
"The supple, dark ruby-colored, medium bodied 2000 Merlot offers up scents of spicy oak, herbs, white chocolate, and black cherries as well as currants. Drink it over the next 5-6 years"
Robert Parker, 12/03
2001 Paradigm Merlot, Oakville, Estate
I enjoyed its charm, purity and overall balance. It should drink well for 5-7 years.
Robert Parker, 12/03



707.944.1683     1277 Dwyer Road, Oakville, CA 94562