2012 Parallel Chardonnay
This is the modern winery. Parallel is the result of a great friendship between four couples who shared skiing and wine. When they decided to make their own wine, they went off the the Napa Valley to find their way. They brought Phillippe Melka along with them to oversee the winemaking.
All that needs to be said about Phillippe's qualifications is the list of places he has worked at or advised. They include Chateau Haut Brion, Dominus, Chateau Petrus, Hundred Acre, Dalla Valle and Quintessa as a start.
Melka is the talent behind the vineyard selection and winemaking and oversees every step of the process. He even writes his own notes for the wine.
The 2012 Russian River Chardonnay opens on the nose with bright aromas of vanilla, lemon peel and coconut, laced with hints of sweet oak. Upon closer inspection exotic notes of kumquats begin to evolve. The palate begins with a touch of soft acid and well integrated blond oak tannin leading to full body that is well texture and creamy as a result of the traditional sur lees technique used to make this wine. In retrospect the wine's finish is elegant and long, adorned with flavors of creme brûlée, mandarin oranges and subtle oak hints. A well balanced and harmonious wine to say the least.
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