Paradigm Oakville Merlot 2013

$49.99

  New release of Heid Barrett's Paradigm Merlot Napa Valley! Heidi Barrett is well-known as the winemaker for Screaming Eagle, but Paradigm is her secret sleeper label from Oakville in Napa Valley. Wonderful Merlot from the heart of Napa Valley. Only 830 cases made. Heidi Barrett:  "A Beautiful deep ruby red color with an enticing aroma profile that is wide open and exciting.  Layers of ripe Merlot plum-like fruit with almost sweet aromas of toast, French Oak, caramel corn, and cardamom spice.  Broad, silky, and mouth coating this is one of our best Merlot’s to date.  It has soft balance but still lively with a long flavor profile.  Tannins are refined and easy on the palate.  This is a delicious Merlot immensely enjoyable upon release but will prove to be age worthy as well."

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Ratings on Delectable

David Devan Delectable Pro

Beautiful all around - I do drink Frick-in Merlot...

Beautiful all around - I do drink Frick-in Merlot...

9.5

Austin Blackwell

Brighter than most other Paradigm merlots. Strawberry, candied cherry, and some dark berries with some herbal hints on the aromas. Medium plus body but very bright acids. Cherry and woody notes on the finish.

Brighter than most other Paradigm merlots. Strawberry, candied cherry, and some dark berries with some herbal hints on the aromas. Medium plus body but very bright acids. Cherry and woody notes on the finish.

9.2

Willie Carter

Deep ruby red with a strong, fruity nose. Aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and vanilla initially. There’s some oak and tobacco on the nose, as well, that gives it a slightly rustic character. This is not necessarily the kind of Merlot that “drinks like a Cab” like we’ve all gotten used to. It’s decidedly smooth and medium bodied with very fine tannins. On the palate, there’s a ton of stewed plums, bright strawberries, blackberries, and smooth caramel. More toasted oak, cocoa powder, and vanilla finishes things off. Exquisitely crafted, silky, and rather interesting. I’m loving Merlot again.

Deep ruby red with a strong, fruity nose. Aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and vanilla initially. There’s some oak and tobacco on the nose, as well, that gives it a slightly rustic character. This is not necessarily the kind of Merlot that “drinks like a Cab” like we’ve all gotten used to. It’s decidedly smooth and medium bodied with very fine tannins. On the palate, there’s a ton of stewed plums, bright strawberries, blackberries, and smooth caramel. More toasted oak, cocoa powder, and vanilla finishes things off. Exquisitely crafted, silky, and rather interesting. I’m loving Merlot again.

9.2

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