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The Winemaker's description:
Located in an area known for its excellence in the hills overlooking Lake Hennessey just east of St Helena, the Parallel mountainside vineyard reached its full maturity in 2006, producing top, very high-quality grapes. After 21 months in 100% French Oak, the first Parallel Napa Valley Estate wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon reveals spice and concentrated black fruits on the nose, the wine is opulent and layered with flavors of white chocolate, anise, licorice, cider and black currant. This is a mark of a grand Vin. Philippe Melka, Winemaker

The 2006 Parallel Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

17 Points
Parallel, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (2006) - Tasting Notes
Dusty, powdery nose, mineral lift, black cherry jam, ash and smoky burnt cigar notes. Palate has plum, cranberry, red apple and redcurrant. Earthy notes. Dense textured, sweet tannins. Well-made. Drink from 2012.
Decanter Rating: star star star star star

95 Points Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast, August 2010
2006 Parallel Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
A 100% Cabernet aged in 100% new French oak, grown in the warmer Conn Valley region east of the Silverado Trail. The wood contributes layers of toast and caramel, while the underlying wine is massive, with tiers of blackberries, black cherries, black currants, red currants, cedar and spices. Very dramatic and beautiful, but needs time. 2012-2020, at least. - S.H. www.WineEnthusiast.com8/1/2010

95 Points Parallel Wines, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon "Inaugural Estate Wine" 2006 ($125):
Parallel is a partnership of close friends that owns a mountainside vineyard above Lake Hennessey, in the eastern foothills of the Napa Valley. In 2006, winemaker Philippe Melka determined that the grapes from this vineyard had reached full maturity, thus the first Parallel Estate Wine. All Cabernet Sauvignon, it was aged for 21 months in French oak barrels. Deep ruby in color, the aromatics are still slightly closed-in, but showing traces of spicy oak and dark fruits. The flavors are bright, supple with layered fruit, traces of mocha and supported by refined tannins and finished at 14.7% alcohol. This wine has great length and finesse and never shows its breathtaking alcohol. Keep it for three to five years, then enjoy for a few more years. Parallel is a new member of the Heavy Bottle Brigade with a full 750ml bottle weighing in at 62.6 ounces, versus a standard 46 ounces. Gerald D. Boyd May 5, 2009

96 Points Parallel, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2006 ($125):
This first release from Parallel's estate vineyard in the hills east of St. Helena is vintage Philippe Melka. Rich and dense, this powerful 100 percent cabernet sauvignon delivers the heft that is typical of cabs from the warmer eastern side of the Napa Valley. Along with the power, however, comes the grace and finesse that are the signature aspects of a Melka wine: layered complexity, an overlay of toasty oak, hints of spice and dried herbs, with a subtle element of white chocolate, and seamless tannins. One hell of a debut for this promising property. Robert Whitley Sep 1, 2009

91 Points 2006 Parallel Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Full ruby, roasted black fruits and licorice on the nose and palate. Sound acids give this rather exotic wine an elegant quality. Finishes with broad, mouthcoating tannins. Made by Philippe Melka from a vineyard close to Seavey. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2009

"world-class quality" 2006 Parallel Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $125
I and the 2006 Estate to be a marker of world-class quality for this winery. The site above Lake Hennessey is truly a special spot, and its terroir has contributed to a remarkable depth of flavor. The barrel influence is rich, yet polished and integrated; the fruit tones are pure, layered, and detailed. This wine was exceptionally well made and should develop nicely over time." Brett Zimmerman, Master Sommelier

Barrel tasting conducted at Premiere Napa Valley - February 23, 2008
"This special edition of the 2006 ESTATE sold for $4,000 per case, one of the top results at this most prestigious Event."

We Presented our Winemaker's Special Selected Barrel of 2006 Parallel Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This tasting was from Philippe Melka's personally Selected Parallel Estate Barrel. Only 5 cases of this extraordinary wine will be specially bottled and delivered to the high bidder, Gary Fisch, of Gary's Wine and Marketplace of Madison, New Jersey.

VINOGRAPHY : The Best Cabernet in Napa: Tasting Premiere Napa Valley 2008

One of my favorite events each year involves the opportunity to sample some of the best wines that Napa produces in a given vintage. At Premiere Napa Valley, an auction that serves as the world's most expensive "bake sale" to support the efforts of the non-profit Napa Valley Vintners Association, journalists like me get a chance to sneak a taste of hundreds of unique wines that are purchased by the nation's top wine retailers at staggeringly high prices.

This year, as every year, 200 member wineries each crafted a unique auction lot of wine that in most cases represents the very best wine that they are capable of producing.

The 2006 vintage looks to be a very good one, Apart from these not-for-sale-to-the-general-public barrels, and an occasional offering to mailing list customers, most Napa Valley wineries don't offer wine futures for sale. Which means that all we can do is wait, knowing that at least one future vintage will likely have some real winners. Click the winery name to find and purchase other wines from that producer.

2006 Laird Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 BOND Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 9.5 (Parallel Napa Valley is one of the very top wines of the 200 superb wines presented at Premiere Napa!)
2006 Amuse Bouche Winery "Pomerol blend--Merlot/Cabernet Franc" Merlot, Napa Valley
2006 Lail Vineyards"Heimark Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 Peacock Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District
2006 Blackbird Vineyards Red Table Wine, Napa Valley
2006 Parallel Napa Valley "Parallel Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 Shafer Vineyards " Sunspot Vineyard "Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District
2006 Chappellet Winery and Vineyard "Heaven on the Hill" Red Wine, Napa Valley
2005 Schramsberg Vineyards "1993 Late Disgorged J. Schram" Sparkling Wine - Brut, Napa Valley
2006 Diamond Terrace "Two Mountains" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 D. R. Stephens Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 Jones Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 RUDD Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder
2006 Spencer Roloson Winery "La Herradura Vineyard Le Ferrieur" Syrah, Napa Valley
2006 Robert Foley Vineyards and Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 Carter Cellars Red Wine, Atlas Peak
2006 La Jota Vineyard Co. "Winery Vineyard" Cabernet Franc, Howell Mountain
2006 Narsai David "Cuvee Venus" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 Dyer=2 0Vineyard "Meteor Vineyard Clone 4" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2006 Hourglass "36-24-36" Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena

Vinography - Posted 2/24/08 - Click the link below to see this story.
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