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This winery produces several varietals from Paradise Vineyard which overlooks the north shore of San Francisco Bay at the intersection of Highways 37 and 121 in the Sonoma Coast appellation. The vineyard was planted by proprietor Al Brayton in 1999. The unique location allows production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux Blend, and Syrah.
Winemaker Denis Malbec was born at the famed Chateau Latour and learned vineyard and winery management at an early age. He was the third generation of his family to work at Latour and took over as Cellar Master from 1994 to 2000. May-Britt Malbec is an accomplished sommelier who joined her husband as international winemaking consultants. The Malbecs joined the Paradise View team in 2002.
The wines are reasonably priced and sold through the website.
2009 Paradise View Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
14.1% alc., 350 cases, $24. · Light straw color in the glass. Subdued, but pleasing aromas of lemon, golden apple and chestnut, with a slight cheesy note (diacetyl). Flavors of lemon pudding, golden apples and spice with a brisk acid backbone. Decent. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Paradise View Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., 581 cases, $26. From a vineyard at the intersection of Highways 37 and 121 in the Sonoma Coast appellation owned by winery proprietor Al Brayton. The winemaker is Denis Malbec, who was born at Chateau Latour and learned viticulture and winemaking as at early age as the third generation of his family to work at Latour. He was Cellar Master from 1994 to 2000. Denis joins sommelier May-Britt Malbec as winemaking consultants on this project, joining Paradise View in 2002. 100% de-stemmed, intensive sorting, aged 20 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Enjoyable aromas of black cherries and black raspberries with a hint of spice and sweet smoke. Medium weight, bright flavors that echo the nose with complimentary smoky oak support. Silky tannins, finishing juicy with some length. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »