Parallel Wines2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Four couples from Park City, Utah who have known each other for the past twenty years partnered up to form Parallel Wines. They named their winery venture after the old two-stick version of navigating down the ski slopes, and the label offers a pristine “first tracks” design.
The partners put their money into a superstar team of Philippe Melka, Winemaker, of Dominus and more recently Vineyard 29 fame, and Vineyard Manager Jim Barbour.
The 2004 vintage is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 9% Petit Verdot, with fruit sourced from Conn Valley, Howell Mountain, and the Parallel estate. Only 980 cases were produced, but recently launched website direct marketing gives far wider reach now to supplement ski area retail and restaurant distribution in Utah and limited availability in California, New Jersey, and New York.
Opaque purple in color, initial impressions are of soft, plummy black currant, tar, cassis, underbrush, cedar, and vanilla. Relatively high alcohol jumps right out of the glass alongside a full, ripe blast of fruit and sweet oak. Oak tannins are supple and well-integrated. The finish is long, bright, chewy and juicy with sweet-sour, mouth puckering raspberry preserve notes.
Reviewed November 16, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.
Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.