Paradigm Vineyard is located in the Oakville District of Napa Valley
just west of Highway 29 and south of the Oakville Grade. When the
property was purchased by Ren & Marilyn Harris in 1976, it was
planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc and White Reisling,
all commonly grown in Napa Valley at the time. But the Harrises quickly
confirmed that the vineyard's soil and microclimate were perfectly
tuned for growing the red Bordeaux varietals that inspired their passion
The vineyard is now planted to 7 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon totaling 37 acres, 3 blocks of Merlot totaling 12 acres, 4 acres of Cabernet Franc, 1 acre of Zinfandel and 1 acre of Petite Verdot.
The vineyard is managed by Ren Harris. He is assisted by Fernando Diaz who has worked for the Harris family for many years. Pedro Martinez assists Fernando as foreman.
Paradigm's annual production is 6000 cases. The rest of the fruit is sold to friends and neighbors in the valley. The Paradigm style has been very well established. The wines are consistent and ageworthy. Approachable in their youth, Paradigm wines are full of red and black fruit. They are known for their balance and for their ability to compliment a meal. All of the wines are aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. Each of the wines also sees considerable additional bottle aging - 20 months for the Cabernet Sauvignon and 10-14 months for our other reds.