Why to buy: From the owners of the famed Duckhorn Vineyards come these two bold and expressive Napa Valley reds, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel grapes, that represent the tricky 2009 harvest at its best and most food-friendly. These textured, lovely wines are delicious with grilled pork, steak and even mole poblano.
Characteristics: Paraduxx’s “C” blend features a core of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and has been aged in both French and American oak (50% of which is new). Their Z blend is similar, but dominated by the Zinfandel. Both are complex wines with a bit of fruit—raspberries, cherries and plums thanks to the Zin—sage, tobacco and spice notes, and a long, juicy finish.
Here's what you get:
One bottle of Paraduxx 2009 C Blend (62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Zinfandel)
One bottle of Paraduxx 2009 Z Blend (62% Zinfandel, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot)
Appellation: Napa Valley
Brand: Gilt Wine