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Paradigm Winery 2008 Merlot - Review

Oakville, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week June 25, 2012

A bottle of Paradigm Winery 2008 Merlot, our wine of the week

Paradigm Winery
2008 Merlot

Oakville, CA

Founded in 1976 by Ren and Marilyn Harris, Paradigm is a bit of a Napa Valley pioneer. Although the property was originally planted with the grapes popular in the region at the time, the Harris family quickly realized that their vineyard was best suited to Bordeaux varietals. Today, Paradigm is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and a little bit of Zinfandel. Despite the winery's popularity, Paradigm has always kept production low (currently a total of about 6,000 cases) to help ensure consistent quality. The 2008 Merlot is an impressively crafted wine. The nose offers an interesting contrast between bright plum and cherry fruit and darker, earthier bramble and cedar. The wine is well structured with bright acidity and a solid backbone of tannins. Up front, red fruit is pleasingly restrained, making it a nice choice for pairing with an elegant meal. Serve with hearty fish like a grilled halibut steak or try it with an herb-crusted squab. Vegetarians might enjoy it with a ratatouille or other summertime vegetable and herb casserole.

Rating: 15/20

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Paradigm Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

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