A couple weeks ago had a 2006 PARADOR RESERVA at ANGELE in Napa and it was so vibrant and young, I decided to find out how these 1999’s in my cellar are doing. I am not the biggest Sangiovese fan but love big, bold, extracted Super-Tuscans and ITG’s. This one, oh boy, does it ever check all those boxes. Lists Sangiovese and Tempranillo but no ratios or amounts. Young, this was a monster. And headed into 15 years, showing no signs of letting up.
Lightish garnet with bricking edges. Stains glass orange. Instant huge nose of off-putting vegetal–like the nose on a Pinot Noir which has turned. Disappears almost immediately and morphs into the most heavenly brier, cut-stem, wet sawdust, cedar-pencil-with-wet-lead I have experienced in a while.
This isn’t one of those wines you just want to sit and smell for hours and hours–you NEED to drink it! Absolutely mouth-FILLING on entry. Massive ripe fruit STILL rules over everything and slowly turns into still-ample tannins. Quite polished, but still there. ALL the fruit is still there. The perfect balance for a wine with another 10 years on it. So amazing right now, it is hard to fathom another ten years, and I doubt if the remaining bottles in my cellar with see a decade.
1999 PARADOR Riserva Red Wine Napa Valley 14.2