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Parador, Napa Valley “Reserva”Napa Valley, California 2007 (750mL)

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Parador, Napa Valley “Reserva” Napa Valley, California 2007 (750mL)

“Parador’s spectacular 15-year-old ‘Reserva’ is rarefied Napa Valley royalty with a riveting Spanish twist. Just two barrels were produced.”

Having sold the great wines of the world over a long career as a wine merchant, Steve Ventrello crafts Parador with what might be called a European sensibility. This Cabernet-fueled blend, while in no way lacking in body and structure, is constructed more along old-school Bordeaux lines—he isn’t gunning for “cult wine” status, but rather a powerful, subtly complex red that he’d want to drink both on release and 10-20 years down the line. But this sumptuous red has a crucial blending partner, too, and that’s where the above-mentioned “Spanish twist” comes in: Tempranillo makes up over a third of this stunning 2007! It adds rich, velvety textures and a unique savory imprint that truly has no equal in the entire Napa Valley.

Whether it’s the Mayacamas Range to the west or the Vaca Range to the east, the mountains that flank the Napa Valley are a treasure trove of world-class vineyards, and today’s two sources are brilliant examples. The “Hossfeld” Vineyard, once an overgrown wilderness perched 1,000 feet above the valley floor, was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon back in the early 1980s by Susan and Henry Hossfeld. This sustainably farmed site is extremely steep and terraced, with very thin topsoil over volcanic bedrock. Soda Canyon, where Hossfeld is perched, sits between the Stag’s Leap and Atlas Peak AVAs, up above Yountville. Ventrello’s precious Tempranillo, on the other hand, hails from the sandstone-rich “Rancho Chimiles” vineyard. This site was specially planted for Parador with vine cuttings that originated from Ribera del Duero and Rioja in the ‘90s. This site, too, sits at 1,000 feet in elevation on a range to the southeast of Soda Canyon. 

At the winery, the varieties fermented separately before blending and subsequently aging for 36 months in two French puncheons, one of which was new. After bottling, today’s small parcel never moved from its original place of rest. After we submit our order, Steve will personally deliver the wines at our warehouse—how’s that for flawless, direct-from-the-source provenance? 

Steve models his wines with the inspiration of Vega Sicilia, so it’s no surprise that today’s is as close as California can get to that legendary label. This 2007 “Reserva” spills into a Bordeaux stem with an opaque dark ruby core with flecks of garnet. The aromas are rich, intense, dark, and intoxicating with cassis, ripe black cherry, roasted plum, dried black raspberry, dusty herbs, clove, coconut husk, sandalwood, and licorice. The palate is sumptuous and finely layered with a wide range of powerfully ripe berry fruits on a hardy backbone of savory earth and baking spice. It should be decanted 15-30 minutes before consuming and tracked for at least three hours! All other bottles will keep aging gracefully until their 20th birthday and beyond.

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionNapa Valley
  • SoilVolcanic & Sandstone
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon 64%, Tempranillo 36%
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • OakFrench Puncheons, 50% New
  • Temp.Serve at 65° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2027+
  • Decanting15-30 Minutes
  • PairingLechazo Asado

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