2010 Paratus Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (.750L)
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder, Napa
Vineyard Designation
Paratus Vineyards
Harvest Date
October 23, 2010
22 months, new French oak
14 day, plus 21 day maceration
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker
Stephen Tanzer's

2010 Paratus Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (.750L)

Beautifully aged yet vibrant and inviting

The 2010 has an old-world personality, elegant and feminine, and is well structured. It lingers on the palate, releasing deep, red fruit with notes of chocolate and nutmeg, and a hint of mint on the finish. Prepare yourself for the next Paratus gem.

"This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and inky, concentrated in color and flavor, a brambly intensity at the center of it all."  91 pts, Wine Enthusiast

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
- Chris Blanchard, Master Sommelier: "A brooding nose of black olive, cedar and blackberry. Slightly leafy, which a touch of mint and eucalyptus, atop brambly, dark wild fruit. Grilled meat, black pepper and roasted peppers. Black tea, tobacco leaf, cedar and olive. This wine is structured and compact, so youthful and tightly wound, with ripe blackberry and currant, black plum and espresso. Rich earth, smoky, focused and finishes with power and medium fine tannins. I love how serious this wine, and I'm excited to see how this will open up over the next few years."
91 pts, Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast: "From an estate vineyard high atop Mount Veeder, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and inky, concentrated in color and flavor, a brambly intensity at the center of it all. Peppercorns and clove accent its larger smoky, espresso side, the body full and velvety. " 90 pts, Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Spicy cherry, blackberry, mocha and toasty oak on the nose. Shows very good intensity and clarity, with vibrant cherry and bitter chocolate flavors and a spine of juicy acidity providing structure. Lively and precise cabernet, with youthfully chewy tannins building and adding framework to sweet dark fruit on the finish." 89 pts, Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is endowed with attractive scents of menthol, licorice, black fruit, smoke, leather and tobacco. Veins of underlying energy and focus complement the wine’s juicy personality."
Vineyard Notes
2010 was a wetter and cooler than average year, with late rainfalls pushing fruit development farther into the fall than usual. The summer remained relatively cool, but an Indian summer ushered in warm days for final ripening in mid-to-late October. Yields were low, but the fruit proved to be richly flavored with striking aromatics and excellent balance.
Production Notes
Winemaker Massimo Monticelli employed a 14-day fermentation followed by a 21-day extended maceration with three punchdowns daily before pressing into 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 22 months and in bottle for 20 months before release.
Winemaker Notes
“Dark fruit and spice are introduced on the nose of the 2010 Paratus, emphasizing the characteristics of its terroir. Intense and complex, the bramble gives way to hints of nutmeg, graphite, and wet granite. This serious, structured, mouth-filling, and concentrated wine is elegant, but carried by old-world tannins that finish with espresso and notes of cocoa powder and a final hint of clove. The full-bodied finish yields to soft violets and rich baking spices.” - Massimo Monticelli
475 cases

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