(77 customer reviews)

The Paring Red 2018

14.90% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • JD 90
  • VIN 90
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The Paring Red 2018 is a vibrant, juicy blend crafted by renowned winemaker Matt Dees. This Cabernet-inspired blend showcases classic notes of cassis, tobacco, and rich chocolate, focused by a sound balance of tannins. The particular soil characteristics and cooler climate of the site each year contribute complexities and depth to the wine. This vintage was created from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, all harvested from California vineyards. The blend was then aged in French oak barrels for 22 months with a mix of new and neutral cooper.

Upon tasting the wine, hints of mulberry sweetness and a notable tension between tannic structure and bright acidity create a truly impressive balance and refinement. Matt Dees notes of this vintage a gentle and dusty tannin profile with an incredibly long and precise finish. Antonio Galloni of Vinous and Jeb Dunnuck of jebdunnuck.com both offer 90 points in their respective reviews.

This distinguished vintage offers a succulent mix of dark cherry, leather, chocolate, tobacco, and cedar, complemented by a core of ripened dark berry fruit. With an herbal flair offering of tobacco, earth, and ripe herbs, as well as a hint of raspberry, the Paring Red 2018 is a study in elegance. The wine promises to linger in pleasurable depth over the next five to seven years, making it an absolutely incredible value.

77 reviews for The Paring Red 2018

  1. Rhonda Murphy

    Entry-level lineup from Jonata, The Paring Red Blend 2014, was a “meh” wine – muted non-specific dark berries with bitter tang – not much on the nose. Might be early for a 2014 right-bank Bordeaux blend, but after 2 hours of air, it did not change much. Will wait 2 or more years before opening my second bottle.

  2. Barbara Edwards

    Powerful and tight with abundant black fruit. Screaming Eagle’s second wine with no mid palate holes.

  3. Bernard Graham

    Very smooth and drinkable. Full bodied

  4. Steven Garcia

    Smooth with dark berry notes and a subtle hint of smoke. Enjoyable.

  5. James Atwood

    Short and sweet: “Second bottle, just as fantastic as the first.”

  6. Trina Salinas

    Great wine, highly recommend it!

  7. David Clayton

    Improved without decant. Scored 88, great value for price. Will buy more.

  8. Andrew Patel

    Solid oak, lengthy finish, guest-worthy. Blend is good but lacks finesse.

  9. Brandon Keller

    Tastes like French Bordeaux with restrained fruit and iron minerality. 50% cab, 25% cab France, 25% Merlot. Great value for the price.

  10. Claudia Claypoole

    Serious palate with authentic California cassis and dried herb notes. Cool climate nose with herbal Cabernet Sauvignon notes and dried leaves. Rare find at this price point.

  11. Charles Burr

    Cabernet shines through with notes of chocolate, berries, and mocha after an hour. Slightly less solid than previous vintages, but still worth a try.

  12. Max Neal

    Rich and perfectly executed.

  13. Adina Kendrick

    “Smooth and drinkable, but lacks complexity with one-note ripe dark fruit.” (19 words)

  14. Jessica Cox

    Cab is predominant, but varietals didn’t marry well, off-putting. Wouldn’t buy again despite K&L praise. Won’t rely on them solely for wine advice. Score: 85.

  15. George Thayer

    Polished and smooth with a touch of lushness. Great value at $24.

  16. Michael Knowlton

    Great value for consistently exceptional wine. Fruit blend with a fascinating supporting cast. Perfect for new world Bordeaux style lovers.

  17. Celeste White

    Consistent and balanced with fruit and earth elements. Great value at less than $25/bottle.

  18. Betty Strickland

    Heavy and flabby, not good for aging. Wait a year for the next one.

  19. Robin Bart

    Ripe dark fruits with hints of cinnamon toast. Still drinking well on day two.

  20. Avery Gildea

    Great value, slightly below the ’12 vintage.

  21. Douglas Teter

    Improved from 6 months ago, but requires more time to open up fully.

  22. Sean Santa

    Medium-bodied with a decent finish, ready to drink.

  23. Christopher Jenness

    Lacks structure and acidity, but pleasant flavors and aromas. A weekday wine to lower your expectations. Drink now.

  24. Bradley Scott

    Bold and tasty California wine with notes of black cherries, blueberry, cocoa, and anise. Full-bodied, smooth tannins, and low acidity. Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot aged in French oak. Perfect for a wintry night.

  25. Ruth Laws

    Decent red blend, but lacking in body and finish. Not worth the $23 price tag.

  26. Pearl Smalls

    Good for daily consumption but not worth more than $25.

  27. John Wilson

    Review: Winebar offers a variety of wines, including 1 Rosé, 3 Whites, 8 Reds, & 6 *shared* bottles. The 50% C.S. is aged for 22 months in FR oak and has a 14.5% ABV. It has a closed nose with a hint of vanilla and ripe berries. The medium-bodied wine has a nice, almost sweet fruit taste met by an astringent pucker, leading to a long, balanced finish. It needs to be aged until 2021 for the tannins to loosen their grip. It has received 92 pts from Dunnuck and WE and 88 pts from Vinous, making it a good value for its price.

  28. Gerardo Brink

    Great value for money at $22, a nice everyday drink.

  29. Harriet Finkbeiner

    Dark fruit profile, opens after 3-hour decant. Cabernet dominant. Great value, better than 2013 and 2014, just below 2012.

  30. Teodoro Whittington

    Cali fruit with green hints, aiming for Cabernet base.

  31. Henry Gray

    Restrained and elegant with a quiet dark fruit nose. Slightly herbal with a great finish. Needs a couple of years to reach its potential.

  32. Francisco Blevins

    Well-balanced Bordeaux blend with dark fruits, cola and earthy notes. Chewy tannins.

  33. Debra Higgins

    Deep purple with blackberry, cherry, vanilla, and soft tannins; moderate finish.

  34. Jane Collier

    The 2015 Paring Red has a deep ruby/purple color and showcases blackberry, crème de cassis, and blueberry flavors with medium acidity, tannins, and a long finish. Great value for everyday drinking.

  35. Henry Brown

    Disappointing. Deep ruby color with black fruit notes, but lacking in taste and overhyped.

  36. Helen Thompson

    Excellent value wine with notes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and blueberry.

  37. Jeffrey Fortune

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  38. Ethel Melara

    Medium purple color, blueberry, black cherry, and oak/coconut on the nose. Disjointed palate with tannin & acidity, awkward finish. Good for the price, great for casual sipping.

  39. Martin Saum

    Earthy aroma, soft mid-palate but grippy finish. Needs air to come together.

  40. Linda Lawless

    2015 Paring is solid, with dark fruit and spice. Great with food, especially jambalaya from RT’s Cajun Restaurant. Good value for money.

  41. David Lavoie

    Delicious wine with bright red fruit, beautiful black cherry notes, and a hint of green. Great texture and good energy. Super tasty.

  42. Herbert Griffie

    Deep purple with low aroma of blueberry and hay. Medium acidity, alcohol, tannin, and body with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and cooking herbs. Medium finish. Slightly too tannic, making it unpleasant.

  43. Maryann Grissett

    Excellent wine with delicious fruit and strong backbone.

  44. Daniel Dawson

    Sophisticated wine at a great price. Deep ruby color, with notes of anise, plum, blackberry, amaretto cookie, and dark chocolate. Smooth, dry palate with a nice acidity and firm tannins on the finish.

  45. George Kirkpatrick

    Great value, but not to my taste. Overly extracted, fruity bomb best suited for dessert.

  46. Mary Fuller

    Correctly made, but ultimately unexciting BDX blend with cassis, cedar, tobacco, licorice, and spice aromas. Soft tannins, dark fruit flavors, low acidity, and muddled finish. Drink now. Possible corked flavor noted.

  47. Lucille Schauer

    Rich, fragrant aromas of dark fruit and wet gravel. Lush black fruit and vanilla spice on the palate with long finish.

  48. Teresa Moore

    Well-made wine with solid acid and zingy tannins. Cherry and raspberry finish. No excess weight. Smooth but lacks depth. Crowd-pleaser.

  49. Loretta Bradley

    Cherry, blackberry, oak, and vanilla notes with grainy tannins. Best on the second day at cellar temp. A great weekday quaff in modern style.

  50. Janine Brown

    Expressive nose with powerful fruit and earthiness. Balanced and darn good stuff.

  51. Thomas Griffis

    Powerful and complex with a delicious taste, still going strong on day three.

  52. Israel Delaney

    Great value with bold cherry and plum flavors, ending in a lasting finish.

  53. James Bedell

    Rich inky red with full fruit black cherries, toasty tobacco notes, and a smooth flavor of sweet plum with well-rounded tannins. Medium to full finish. (Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot)

  54. Melissa Netolicky

    A rich and luscious wine with dark fruit, tobacco leaf, and coffee bean notes. Full-bodied on the nose with a lengthy finish. Retail $35.

  55. Rhea Coomer

    Great value with impressive depth. Ready to drink now and can age for a few more years.

  56. Richard Ketterling

    Great value, thoroughly enjoyable.

  57. Jeremiah Leon

    A complex, deep wine with notes of blackberries, black cherries, pepper, tobacco, and earth. Smooth tannins and balanced acidity.

  58. Kenneth Cason

    Tannic and dusty at first, but settles into a solid drinking experience within 30 minutes. Mostly red fruit.

  59. Rose March

    Great balance and structure, dark color, 14.5% ABV, fruity but not grapey, paired well with strip steak at AC restaurant. $66 on wine list. Will definitely drink again.

  60. Micheal Garcia

    Accidentally bought for $25.00, but pleasantly surprised. Dark purple color, chewy, good balance, medium tannins, with red fruits and vanilla. Very good QPR.

  61. Martin Cortes

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  62. Jerry Moga

    Review: Closed up at first, but give it time. Concentrated black fruit with tannins. Overpriced at restaurant, good value retail. Decent complexity for aging.

  63. Barbara Camp

    Over extracted with intense notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Reminds of bad birthday cake. Not for me.

  64. Karen Light

    Smooth with notes of chocolate, not dry.

  65. Jeannie Hill

    Classic Cabernet aromas with lovely spice character.

  66. Thelma Bentley

    Lovely red fruit with more structure and lively acidity than last vintage. A little shocky due to shipping.

  67. Joseph Kapp

    “Disappointing. Only suitable for casual drinking.”

  68. Melinda Quintana

    Smooth, dark fruit. Age has improved it. Great for drinking or holding. No tertiary flavors yet. Score increased.

  69. Elizabeth Goss


  70. Portia Delarosa

    Elegant and refined, with a complex aroma of fruit, mineral, and earth. Punches above its weight, becoming more Cabernet with each vintage.

  71. Cindy Ropp

    Day 2: Fresh fruit and defined palate.

  72. Romeo Goodman

    Full-bodied with raspberry and red fruit notes, perfect for a weeknight. Ideal for parties and dinners. Would definitely repurchase.

  73. Vernell Boonstra

    Medium-bodied wine with ruby color and bright, expressive fruit notes. Perfect for casual weekend sipping with pizza and artisan cheese.

  74. Hazel Adams

    Great value for money. Dark fruit and oak nose, balanced taste with long finish of dark fruits and oak. High acidity and good tannins.

  75. Brent Nylen

    Smooth with tertiary flavors. Enjoy now or hold.

  76. JD

    The 2018 Red Wine checks in as 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. It’s a medium to full-bodied, ripe, rounded, nicely concentrated blend with lots of ripe currant and blackberry fruits as well as an herbal kick in its tobacco, earth, and ripe herb aromas and flavors. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years or more.

  77. VIN

    The 2018 Red is a joyous, vibrant red. Succulent dark cherry, leather, chocolate, tobacco, spice and cedar complement a core of super-ripe dark berry fruit. Bold and exuberant to the core, the Red has so much to offer. Pretty earthy and savory notes lend tons of aromatic nuance. Best of all, the 2018 is an insane value.

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Critical Acclaim

JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Red Wine checks in as 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. It’s a medium to full-bodied, ripe, rounded, nicely concentrated blend with lots of ripe currant and blackberry fruits as well as an herbal kick in its tobacco, earth, and ripe herb aromas and flavors. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years or more.
VIN 90
The 2018 Red is a joyous, vibrant red. Succulent dark cherry, leather, chocolate, tobacco, spice and cedar complement a core of super-ripe dark berry fruit. Bold and exuberant to the core, the Red has so much to offer. Pretty earthy and savory notes lend tons of aromatic nuance. Best of all, the 2018 is an insane value.

What does The Paring Red 2018 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, pear

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, orange

cheese, cream, campfire

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, asparagus, rhubarb

raisin, fig, prune

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, lilac

Food Pairing with The Paring Red 2018

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