Production: 187 cases
Blend: Tempranillo – 55% / Cabernet Sauvignon – 45%
Still unique in Napa, after 10 years – the PARADOR Napa Valley Red Wine is inspired by the great blended wines made at Vega Sicilia in the Ribera del Duero. Utilizing great Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the dramatic Hossfeld Vineyard located in Soda Canyon, and blending with the Tempranillo to make a sumptuous, velvety wine with great aging potential. After blending in the spring following harvest, the wine is aged 2 ½ years in a combination of 30% new and the balance, used French oak barriques and puncheon barrels.
Hossfeld Vineyard – Steep, terraced planting on eastern
Typically deep-colored, with faint mountain-thistle and dark berry character.
Rancho Chimiles Vineyard – This virgin vineyard site was cleared and planted for the Parador project by Terry Wilson, landowner and grower, from cuttings and plants originating from the Ribera del Duero. – The vineyard is planted at an elevation of 1000 feet and on a slope filled with sandstone rock.
Mixed oak program:
Ø Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo undergo m/l fermentation in mostly small, tight-grain French cooperage.
Ø Puncheon Barrels are also utilized for balanced oak integration and increased liquid volumes for extended barrel aging.
Ø Blend is assembled upon completion of m/l
Inspired by the legendary blends of Vega Sicilia, Parador Napa Valley strives to create compelling flavours born of the old world utilizing grapes grown in one of the great viticultural regions of the modern world.