This is V. Sattui’s fourth vintage of Paradiso, our red Proprietary, Bordeaux-style blend that changes in varietal composition from vintage to vintage. The 2010 Paradiso, from one of the longest and coolest growing seasons in Napa Valley, is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 5% Petite Verdot. The Cabernet comes from three different vineyard locations: 40-year old vines from Preston Vineyard in Rutherford, bringing bright, very and ripe, dusty notes; hillside, VSP-trained vines at Henry Ranch in the cooler Mt. Veeder appellation, offering color and concentrated fruit flavors; and the gravelly soils of Morisoli Vineyard on the Rutherford Bench, where volcanic deposits as well as alluvial deposits produce big, muscular Cabernets. The Merlot is also from Henry Ranch in Los Carneros, where the deeper soils near Carneros Creek provide excellent pigment and fine-grain tannins in the wine; and the Petite Verdot comes from Vittorio’s Vineyard, our certified organic vineyard adjacent to V. Sattui winery in St. Helena.
As it is still a relative youngster upon release, it is dense and a bit sinewy on the palate, suggesting a good five to eight years of aging; yet its opulent fruit flavors are lingering and its elegant texture and polished tannins suggest balance and obvious depth, proving that lengthy keeping will come as a bet without risk.
* CA State Fair Wine Competition
* San Francisco International Wine Competition
* Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wine
* SF Chronicle Wine Competition