The 2006 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Philippe Melka, Winemaker Description
"The harvest in 2006 reminded me of 1996, a very classic californian style; we harvested most of the cabernets mid October; which is average date for Napa Valley. The flavors express ripeness and intensity with blackberries being dominant. The mouth feel is just the perfect harmony of what we worked on during our numerous sessions of blending, a combination of approachability with lush and sweet characters and longevity with dark toast, black cherry, truffles, coconut and finishing with super fine grained tannins and lively fruit." - Philippe Melka
2006 Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley (8/25/2008)
Big, deep cassis nose; rich cassis, plum and berry palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts
. (w/3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc) ( 93 pts ) Richard Jennings TASTING NOTES from:
FAMILY WINEMAKERS SAN FRANCISCO - Fort Mason, San Francisco (8/24/2008-8/25/2008)
2006 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $55.00 PLATINUM MEDAL
"The first Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition is now in the books ... Eleven sommeliers from some of the nation's finest restaurants gathered in San Diego September 26-27 to evaluate 552 wines from nine different countries, awarding 409 medals, including 49 platinums... Philippe Melka's stunning new 2006 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon..." September, 2009
2006 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $55
Since the first vintage of Parallel, this wine has made remarkable progress. The 2006 shows great complexity from its multiple fruit sources throughout the valley. This Cabernet offers a delicious combination of red and black fruit tones with a brightness that makes it approachable today, but shows structure for the future as well. The currant and blackberry flavors are fresh, not overripe, and the style reminds me of the Old World - a refreshing alternative to most Napa producers." Brett Zimmerman, Master Sommelier, Sommelier Journal - September, 2009
We take great pleasure in receiving grassroots reviews like the one below.
Dear Philippe, It was a pleasure tasting your wines at Family Winemakers this year! I write a blog called "Breathe Air & Drink Wine" and Parallel's '06 reserve cabernet made my "Best in Show" write up!
Sarah Hutnick, Sommelier - August, 2009
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