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Paraduxx: Duckhorn Wine Company spin-off specializes in Napa Valley red wines

Paraduxx is part of the Duckhorn Wine Company. Its specialty is red blends from Napa Valley. And 2012 was a ripe year for these stylish, creative and impressive expressions.

The 2012 Paraduxx Proprietary Napa Valley Red Wine ($48) is a balanced winner, mostly cabernet sauvignon with zinfandel and a splash of petit verdot. Raspberry and blackberry notes contribute to the fine, fruity, versatile production that suggests cab and zin can be very successful partners. Expect it to mature with flair.

Berries, cherry, plum and pepper highlight the excellent, vibrant 2012 Paraduxx X2 Napa Valley Red Wine ($95), which is 90 percent cabernet sauvignon and 10 percent zinfandel. The result is a distinctive, balanced, exceedingly satisfying wine, which is both complex and accessible. It’s a partner for red meat, especially steaks and prime rib.

The showcase of reds takes a gutsy, full-flavored turn with the 2012 Paraduxx Howell Mountain Napa Valley Red Wine ($80). This concentrated, fragrant, buoyant blend is 60 percent zinfandel and 40 percent cabernet sauvignon, with pleasing suggestions of blueberry and cherry. Grillers, unite.

There’s considerable complexity in the 2012 Paraduxx Napa Valley Red Wine, Rector Creek Vineyard ($80), a mouthful that is 70 percent zinfandel and 30 percent cabernet sauvignon. In addition to the heady, strawberry aroma, you’ll detect some slight earthiness, and an affinity for grilled red meat.

And the meticulous 2012 Paraduxx Napa Valley Red Wine, Atlas Peak Vineyard ($80) offers very ripe fruit in a blend built with finesse, hints of spice and red fruit, plus vanilla. The Atlas Peak is 65 percent cabernet sauvignon, 35 percent zinfandel and all in for rare beef and lamb.

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