A Parador is the ancient name for a Spanish country inn, castle, or chateau. A glass of wine, a roaring hearth, and a frigid, crystalline meseta evening can lead to some profound conclusions. Such was the case with the soft-spoken and wise Steve Ventrello, proprietor of Parador. As he savored his glass of Ribera del Duero, Steve had something of an epiphany: If Cabernet and Tempranillo could be blended so well in Spain, why not here in the Napa Valley?
So from the beginning in 2001, Hossfeld Vineyard deep in Soda Canyon was his prime source of Cabernet Sauvignon for his Ribera del Duero-styled blend. These 34 year old vines also give him a gorgeous mono-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, which we offer you today. It has a slightly old-school profile, meaning that it tastes like Cabernet did in the 1970s and 1980s before the drive for ever-higher levels of ripeness. What this means is that this wine will age beautifully for 10 years or more.