With a pedigree that Philippe Melka boasts, the world has taken notice with the release of his first white varietal, in 2007. The 91-point wine Parallel Chardonnay sold out 444 cases upon release. The second, 2008 vintage, promises to be better. Aged for 16 months in classic French Oak from one of Napa’s oldest vineyards results in a full-bodied, creamy yet light on its feet, well balanced and seductive, exhibiting a touch of acidity, spice, coconut and minerality. “Winemaker Philippe Melka has crafted a near-perfect Chardonnay. A ravishingly beautiful scent meets the taster’s nose. It combines the aromas of sweet vanillin oak with ripe stone fruit. There is just a hint of tropical aromas and flavors. In the mouth, the wine is at its most impressive state. There is a wonderful textural quality that hints of oak without ever seeming woody! Aging in large puncheons rather than smaller Barriques might go a long way in explaining this magic. There is no hardness or bitterness in the finish, and the wine is utterly devoid of any alcoholic heat. If there were just a tad more trailing acidity, it could pass for a 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet.” Paul Provost. Sold in nine states. The partners continue to support charities including the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation, through wine donations and auction packages and have raised more than $400,000 since launching Parallel. WINAM will continue to support the Foundation in CT.
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