I’ll be honest, we’re always looking for top quality Cabernet, and sometimes the devil is in the details. For instance, Parallel’s 2017 Napa Cabernet includes more than 60% fruit from Andy Beckstoffer’s iconic Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford, one of the best in Napa Valley. It’s balanced with fruit from Renteria’s stunning Oakville Vineyard on Skellenger Lane, near Plumpjack and Turnbull’s Fortuna Vineyards. Then add that the wine is made by Legendary Winemaker Philippe Melka, whose experience includes winemaking at Bryant Family, Quintessa, Hundred Acre, and Dominus. At around $100, this is one of the best values in upper echelon Napa Cabernet.

This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and Parallel’s 2017 is a stunning portrayal of the best qualities of the vintage. The fruit achieved optimal ripeness, and they harvested on 9/28 and 10/2, which is about a week before the wildfires.

The 2017 vintage has an intensely captivating style that draws you in with a powerful bouquet of dark fruits, blue violets, dried herbs, and espresso. The Oakville fruit contributes the dark and supple berries, and intense black currants, while the Rutherford grapes offer the floral characteristics and signature dusty tannins.

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From Robert Parker’s The WINE ADVOCATE, “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon displays notes of prunes, spice cake, plum pudding and blueberry preserves with touches of red currant jelly, dried herbs, tobacco and olives. Full-bodied, firm and chewy and with tons of fruit at the core, it finished long and spicy.” WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS

From the WINE ENTHUSIAST, “Savory, herbal and thick in brawny concentration, this powerful wine is darkly layered in blackberry, black currant and wild raspberry. Clove, dried herb and a twist of sage figure into the midpalate, adding complexity and welcome intrigue as generous oak layers throughout.” WINE ENTHUSIAST 92 POINTS

Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet and Legendary Winemaker Philippe Melka
Iconic Parallel Cabernet and Legendary Winemaker Philippe Melka

Spectator, Vinous, and Dunnuck haven’t rated this one yet, and once they chime in, I believe a much higher-score will be revealed. Nonetheless, any wine Legendary Philippe Melka master crafts is a silky smooth signature, and a luxurious style for fans of Upper Echelon Napa Cabernet, Collectors, and those who imbibe the finest wines in the world, this is case-worthy. Stemming from Iconic Napa Fruit, this world-class Cabernet Sauvignon is simply stunning from first sip to last drop.

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