2005 Paradigm Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1045156 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Pushing the ripeness envelope just a touch too far, this bottling trades a bit of its curranty fruit for traces of chocolate and a soft, Merlot-like sweetness in its aromas. It is full, supple, rounded and a tad fleshy on the palate, and while it is a very tasty effort that is sure to please with rich beef or lamb roasts, it wants a touch more depth and inner reserve to be find the grandeur that has shown up in its best earlier versions.  (12/2009)

K&L Notes

Winemaker Heidi Peterson Barret says this of her 2005 Oakville Cab: "Quite dark in color with deep ripe aromas of chocolate black cherries. Enticing fruit nose and layers of spice and toasty oak add up to a wonderful rich complex aroma profile. Flavors match the aromas in a mouth coating, textural, silky and tasty wine. This wine is loaded with aging potential. It has everything it needs to last a good 15 years or more. I love the balance and finesse here with flavors that persist minutes after drinking. It all adds up to one of the best Cabernet vintages we have ever produced at Paradigm."

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2009 | Send Email
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During our recent successful tent fundraiser in June I navigated through the sea of conviviality to Paradigm's table, extended my glass with a smile, sniffed and swirled, swirled and sniffed, and then it hit me....the eagle has landed! This extraordinary wine was as effortlessly balanced as a perfect liftoff, as graceful as a spacewalk, and as dark as daylight on the far side of the moon. Luna culpa: I'm writing this little note on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, so please forgive the starry-eyed similes. Let me just state for the record books that the 2005 Paradigm Cabernet, under the screaming eagle-eye of Heidi Peterson Barrett, is pure liquid velvet, an expressive, expansive heavenly bottle of a wine to carefully cellar for a decade or more and joyfully uncork on the 50th anniversary of that famous walk on the moon. This is serious out-of-this-world wine—'one small sip for man' …..
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.