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92 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine, Meridith May, August 2015
94 Points - International Wine Review, January/February 2016
Silver Medal - 2015 SF International Wine Competition
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, clones 15 and 191
Appellation: Napa Valley, Sub-appellation: Mount Veeder
Vineyard: 100% Paratus Estate Vineyards
Elevation: 1,500 feet above sea level
Harvested : October 21, 2012
Alcohol: 14.7% | TA: .66 | pH: 3.78
Winemaker Massimo Monticelli employed 14 day fermentation, three punchdowns daily during peak fermentation, and 21 day maceration, before pressing into 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 22 months.
THE TASTING PANEL
Big, spiced black fruit is a celebration. Paratus is Latin for “prepared,” and this one is: aged 22 months in French oak. A saltiness lingers on the tongue while a juicy, black-fruited component refreshes. Structurally sound and elegant – a concentrated, stand-up wine - 92 points
INTERNATIONAL WINE REVIEW
The 2012 Paratus shows a dark ruby purple and aromas of roasted meat, earth and dark berry fruit, as well as a fleshy palate with hints of pepper, earth. and slate. It has firm dry tannins, and should drink well within five years of the vintage and over the next 10 to 15 years - 94 points.