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The 2003 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Parallel Napa Valley
Philippe Melka, Winemaker Description

The 2003 Parallel Napa Valley, our first vintage, is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot and is a wine with deep color that exhibits a beautiful bouquet of black currants, blackberries, dried herbs, smoke, vanilla and Asian spices. The mouthfeel is generous and packed with ripe flavors of rich cherry jam and black fruits. It finishes with dense tannins, and a wonderful licorice character. "This wine is distinctive and reflects a sense of harmony and sophistication."

Phiippe Melka

Wine Review Online - 93 points
Parallel, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 ($44): This is a first release from a new Napa Valley producer and the future for this winery would seem to be very promising. The grapes were sourced from Howell Mountain and Calistoga, but the sleek tannins would hardly betray this as a mountain-grown cab. It is bold and voluptuous on the palate, layered and exceptionally well balanced -- and elegant despite those broad Cabernet shoulders! 93 Robert Whitley

91 Points - Parallel 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($44) Deep and dark with juicy plum and berry fruit, racy, rich, complex and long with finesse and balance. Andy Dias Blue, Food & Wine Commentator

97 Points - Parallel 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. Arriving in Napa Valley 15 years ago to work with Christian Mouiex on Dominus, Philippe Melka, (Food and Wine Magazine's 2005 Winemaker of the Year), has become one of Napa Valley's most sought-after winemakers. Consulting on Dalle Valle, Bryant Family, Vineyard 29, Marston Family, and more, his client roll is the list of Napa's top Cult Cabernets. 2003 Parallel, is a solo effort and is already legendary. Starting with some of the most vibrant Cabernet fruit in the valley, this rare wine shows intense fruit, captivating Napa terrior and a perfect and harmonious balance. Very Limited!. Wine Express

Overall Score: 9 Parallel 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Medium garnet in color, this wine has a Bordeaux-style nose filled with aromas of blackberries, cherries, tobacco, and wet chalkboard. In the mouth it is full and round with sweet, fine tannins supporting primary flavors of vanilla, bing cherries, and notes of pencil lead, oak, and spices through the moderate finish. It is a pretty wine, that drinks easily and pleasurably now, but will likely support some cellar age as well.

Food Pairing:
This wine would be a great accompaniment to an increasingly trendy comfort food revival of meatloaf. Try it with these individual meat loaves with bacon crisps.

Vinography - Posted January 18, 2006
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