Provenance Vineyards

Paras Vineyard Merlot

9.29 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Nose has plum preserves, ripe raspberry, mahogany shavings, crushed dark chocolate bar, fresh sage, over-ripe cherry, mashed mulberry, dried brown bread and mild stemmy notes.

Palate has blackberry/plum jam, dried blueberry, ripe black currant, (light) baking spice, wet cedar shavings, dehydrated cranberry, dried raspberry, dry potting soil and dark chocolate (high cacao content). Tannins are mild, but subtle, finish is long and satisfying.

Decanted 3h, needs another 3-5h. Future bottles may be 2023-28 without concern. Purchased January 2006.

This Mt. Veeder vineyard was beleived a victim of the 2017 CA Wine Country fires; I'm not fully sure if the damage was limited to just buildings or vines may have also suffered losses.

24 Hour Update: This bottle has really accelerated! Nose is mostly melted dark chocolate and plum, damn! Palate is so silky smooth, cedar still notable, blackberry and dried raspberry has become prominent. Minimal tannins remain this evening. Stunning bottle!

Nose has plum preserves, ripe raspberry, mahogany shavings, crushed dark chocolate bar, fresh sage, over-ripe cherry, mashed mulberry, dried brown bread and mild stemmy notes.

Palate has blackberry/plum jam, dried blueberry, ripe black currant, (light) baking spice, wet cedar shavings, dehydrated cranberry, dried raspberry, dry potting soil and dark chocolate (high cacao content). Tannins are mild, but subtle, finish is long and satisfying.

Decanted 3h, needs another 3-5h. Future bottles may be 2023-28 without concern. Purchased January 2006.

This Mt. Veeder vineyard was beleived a victim of the 2017 CA Wine Country fires; I'm not fully sure if the damage was limited to just buildings or vines may have also suffered losses.

24 Hour Update: This bottle has really accelerated! Nose is mostly melted dark chocolate and plum, damn! Palate is so silky smooth, cedar still notable, blackberry and dried raspberry has become prominent. Minimal tannins remain this evening. Stunning bottle!

Jun 6th, 2020
Mike Blom

A wine I've reviewed before and continues to reward. Ribeyes from Costco also don't disappoint!

A wine I've reviewed before and continues to reward. Ribeyes from Costco also don't disappoint!

Apr 17th, 2017
Chris Cooney

Vibrant and fresh despite its age.

Vibrant and fresh despite its age.

Oct 22nd, 2016
Mike Blom

Wonderful color and and aromas. Cedar, raspberries, briar dehydrated black fruit.
Having with smoked ribeye roast and the sweet fruit is intense on the pallet and marries well with the entree. Mt. Veeder shows via the concentrated black fruit and graphite. Long finish with soft tannins.

Wonderful color and and aromas. Cedar, raspberries, briar dehydrated black fruit.
Having with smoked ribeye roast and the sweet fruit is intense on the pallet and marries well with the entree. Mt. Veeder shows via the concentrated black fruit and graphite. Long finish with soft tannins.

Jan 2nd, 2016
Mike Blom

2002 vintage. Even a slight cold does not slow down the deep red fruits and cedar aromas.
Flavors take more than one pass to capture the diversity.
Great acidity and still medium tannins keep fruit bright from start to finish. Tannins hold finish a long time for pomegranate, cranberry, and dark cherry to dance.

2002 vintage. Even a slight cold does not slow down the deep red fruits and cedar aromas.
Flavors take more than one pass to capture the diversity.
Great acidity and still medium tannins keep fruit bright from start to finish. Tannins hold finish a long time for pomegranate, cranberry, and dark cherry to dance.

Nov 15th, 2015
Ben Madonna

Was corked.

Was corked.

Apr 14th, 2018
Mo Salem

Mo had this a year ago

Mo had this a year ago

Jul 26th, 2019
Peggy Hadley

Peggy had this 2 years ago

Peggy had this 2 years ago

Feb 22nd, 2019
Wayne Goo

Wayne had this 6 years ago

Wayne had this 6 years ago

Feb 1st, 2015
Patrick Dempsey

Patrick had this 6 years ago

Patrick had this 6 years ago

Nov 29th, 2014