Full Review

Paradise Ridge

Paradise Ridge
2016 The Confessor Red Blend, Rockpile

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.2%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$60

Paradise Ridge
2016 The Confessor Red Blend, Rockpile

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.2%
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of crimini mushrooms, raspberry compote, sarsaparilla, roasted bell peppers, and dried bananas with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, brisk finish manifesting notes of cranberry jam on toast with grippy tannins. A food-friendly, chewy red for winter fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: crimini mushrooms, raspberry compote, sarsaparilla, roasted bell peppers, and dried bananas
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cranberry jam on toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A food-friendly, chewy red for winter fare.

The Producer

Paradise Ridge Winery

The Producer
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
USA
1 707-528-9463

Their Portfolio

87 Paradise Ridge 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.4% (USA) $45.00.
91 Paradise Ridge 2016 Walter’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.4% (USA) $54.00.
93 Paradise Ridge 2016 Vineyard Select, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $65.00.
85 Paradise Ridge 2018 Grandview Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
90 Paradise Ridge 2018 Vineyard Selection, Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
88 Paradise Ridge 2015 The Convict, Zinfandel, Rockpile 14.2% (USA) $48.00.
88 Paradise Ridge 2015 The Posse Red Blend, Russian River Valley 13.6% (USA) $54.00.
86 Paradise Ridge 2016 The Confessor Red Blend, Rockpile 13.2% (USA) $60.00.
88 Paradise Ridge 2014 Blanc de Blanc, Russian River Valley 12.1% (USA) $44.00.
87 Paradise Ridge 2013 Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc, Russian River Valley 12% (USA) $55.00.
87 Paradise Ridge 2015 Merlot, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $38.00.
92 Paradise Ridge 2012 Love Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc, Russian River Valley 12% (USA) $52.00.
BR Paradise Ridge 2018 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Paradise Ridge 2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
88 Paradise Ridge 2016 Vineyard Select, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.2% (USA) $45.00.
90 Paradise Ridge 2019 Grandview Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.4% (USA) $22.00.
87 Paradise Ridge 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockpile 13.8% (USA) $50.00.
95 Paradise Ridge 2018 Branham Vineyard, Malbec, Rockpile 13.8% (USA) $58.00.
95 Paradise Ridge 2015 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockpile 13.9% (USA) $65.00.
90 Paradise Ridge 2018 Nagasawa Vineyard, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $44.00.
87 Paradise Ridge 2018 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00.

Other Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Other red is a large category that covers many red wines from around the globe that are made from lesser-known varieties. These include Albarossa and Ruché from Piedmont in Italy, Touriga from Virginia and numerous blended reds from California, Washington and other states in the US as well as Argentina, Chile and Spain.

Many of these reds are robust and somewhat spicy; while they can age for several years in some cases, most are meant for consumption upon release. Pair them with a variety of foods, from tapas and empanadas to barbecued beef and young sheep's cheeses.