Paratus Vineyards, Block 1, clones 15 and 191
2 years French Oak, 3 years bottle; ready now, will age 12-15 years
2015 PARATUS RESERVE Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (.750L)
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in much smaller crop in 2015. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley and that held true for Paratus as well. While ongoing drought was of great concern to farmers around California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the water year, bringing far fewer water concerns for Napa Valley's vintners.
Blackberry, huckleberry, pomegranate and black currants come together with Mt. Veeder tannins to mold into a juicy wine. On the palate, dark berry flavors supported by oaky spices and anise linger on the long, well-structured and balanced finish.