The Niven family began as grape growers in California’s Edna Valley, planting Paragon Vineyard in 1973. In the early 1990s, they started a wine label, Baileyana. Today, Paragon is planted to nearly a dozen grape varieties chosen for their ability to shine in Edna Valley’s cool climate. The vineyard is certified sustainable under the SIP (Sustainability in Practice) program.
The grapes of Burgundy, pinot noir and chardonnay, are prominent components of the varietal mix at Paragon. I’ve long admired the reasonably priced Baileyana pinot noir, sourced from the Firepeak section of the vineyard. The 2017 edition displays lively cherry and crushed strawberry flavors with a slight forest floor note. The wine has a supple texture and long finish. It offers a lot of complexity for its $30 price.