It shows youthful aromas of cassis, black cherry and floral hints of violets.
The oak is well-integrated; it balances the wine's natural acidity, and provides a bouquet of cocoa, black licorice and tobacco notes. 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.
This is V. Sattui's sixth vintage of Paradiso, our red Proprietary, Bordeaux-style blend that changes in varietal composition from vintage to vintage. 2012 will be a vintage to remember. Near perfect weather conditions resulted in a rare combination of high quality fruit and an abundant crop. The 2012 Paradiso is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec.
The color is dark, ruby red, very inky and opaque.