2010 Paradigm, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Estate, Napa Valley.
Don’t miss this truly exceptional 2010 Cabernet, made by Heidi Barrett since day one, Paradigm is one of the great small estates in the Napa Valley within the Oakville AVA, with her experience, including of course Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Grace Family, Hartwell and Vineyard 29 to name just a few, Barrett knows a thing or two about putting a Cabernet together. The 2010 is a fabulous deeply flavored Cabernet with a purple hue and cascade of dark layers and rich full bodied mouth feel. Sexy smoke, thick creme de cassis, blackberry, currant jelly and minty anise seed, sage and sandlewood lead the way in this opulent wine. This wine is balanced, generous and has ripe sweet tannins holding it all together, and the finish is lengthy with wild flowers, plum and cedar notes adding to the mix of complexities, it should drink well into the decade ahead. This is sensational Cabernet and certainly out shines many $200 plus wines, so while not a cheap wine, this is a savvy choice in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, drink 2015-2025.
($75 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($69.95)