Napa Valley AVA
From smallish beginnings, Maroon Wines has made a reputation for themselves
Founded by Paul Maroon in 2008, Maroon Wines focuses on single varietal, single vineyard wines from Maroon’s estate vineyard properties in Napa Valley, as well as a variety of premium vineyard sites located throughout the Valley. The winery is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, but it also produces small-lots of Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. Although Paul’s highly-sought-after wines are consistently rated with top marks by the wine press, Maroon Wines still flies under the radar and is considered one of the best hidden gems in the region.
Paul Maroon first became interested in winemaking at the relatively young age of sixteen, while helping his Lebanese uncle make wine in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was immediately intrigued with the process and in the back of his mind, he always knew that one day he would make wine on his own. After graduating with a degree in engineering from Widener University (Chester, PA), Paul ventured west to work around Silicon Valley. His primary area of interest was in medical sales, but the proximity to Northern California’s famed viticultural areas soon got the best of him. Frequent trips to Napa Valley made him a dedicated fan of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, his preferred drink of choice.
In 2000, after years of visiting the Valley, Paul realized his dream and relocated to the promising wine country. Here, he began his life as a vintner, purchasing two plots of plantable land (one of 300 acres and the other of 35 acres). He sold the larger parcel eight years later, but retained the smaller one situated in the Coombsville appellation of southern Napa Valley. Here, 20 acres are planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon and nearby neighbors include Robert Craig and Sodaro Estate. In 2008, with the help of winemaker Chris Corely, Paul Maroon finally produced his first commercial vintage of Maroon Wines.
Today’s Maroon Wines has grown to a 10,000-case entity and has seen much success over the years. Paul attributes much of this success to the fantastic terroir of his vineyards. The vines on his property are all considered hillside in nature and provide superior fruit that makes the job of winemaking that much easier. “Everyone in the business knows that it is the earth and the combination of drainage and minerals that make the difference,” Paul explained. “We are blessed to have everything we need in one place.”
Paul Maroon and Maroon Wines have made a remarkable reputation for themselves and it is a pleasure to present this award-winning release to our Platinum Plus! Wine Club members. Enjoy!
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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
It is very exciting for us to offer for the first time a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard! This wine really showcases the quality of these special grapes. On the nose, the wine has dark berry fruit, mocha and coffee aromas. On the palate, the wine has medium weight tannins, a rich core, and a long finish. It will age well for 12 to 15 years.
One of the reasons I purchased this property in the Coombsville Appellation 12 years ago is that it is located in an area of Napa that is a sweet spot for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, my favorite varietal. We have slightly cooler temperatures here than the Northern part of the valley. The cooler temperatures allow the grapes to hang longer than the hotter areas. This extra hang time allows the grapes to be fully mature at the time of picking. The end result is a very complex, well-balanced, and simply delicious wine.
The past 4 years have been challenging growing seasons here in Napa. 2009 was difficult, but with careful management in both the vineyard and in the cellar, we have been able to produce one of the finest Maroon Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons ever. Our crop was light in 2009, so we don’t have much of this wine. The up side is that a light crop produces exceptional grapes and wine. All of the energy from the vine goes into fewer grapes, producing superior quality.
I am pleased to offer you this very special wine...and I hope you enjoy sharing it.