The Parralele 45 Cotes du Rhone takes it's name from the 45th parallel which runs east/west less than 2 miles from the Jaboulet cellars. In the small village of Pont de l'Isère, a monument states "The south begins here".
Terroir: Caroline Frey and winemaker Ralph Garcin have sourced grapes from the finest terroirs throughout the Rhone Valley. Soils are made up of clay, limestone and sand on gravely terraced southeast facing slopes.
A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, this racy rosé has some serious weight on the palate. Vinified as a “vin de saignée,” a short maceration with a long fermentation under controlled temperatures is employed. This wine defines the word delicious!
"In this vintage, the north and south experienced exact opposite weather conditions. When the north had a particularly warm spring, it was pleasant and agreeable in the south with intermittent showers. Whilst summer began with cold in the North, July was mildly warm in the south. The month of August, however, put both sides back onto the same disposition with a hot season. The maturity progressed gradually and the strongly hot season in August was perfectly supported by our old vines. This is a vintage of great classicism for our most grand wines." -Caroline Frey
Varietal: Grenache: 50%, Cinsault: 40%, Syrah: 10%
"With more body than many French roses, this wine offers distinct floral and melon notes. Bing cherry, fresh strawberry, spice, and citrus zest on the nose. Fresh, with a touch of creaminess on the palate over red summer berry, lime and mineral flavors. Dry, balanced finish ending on a peppery note."
"Love this on the bottom of the label: Ici commence le sud (translation: the south begins here). This is a Ctes du Rhne made of 50% Grenache, 40 % Cinsault, 10% Syrah. I always have this one at this place we go to outside by Grand Central just some easy outdoor drinking."
Score: 87 PointsSnooth Editorials Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
"Powdery smelling with notes of talc accenting the leafy apple peel and light red berry fruit of the nose. Bright and fresh on entry, this is fruity in a lovely way, delivering fresh raspberry and cherry flavors sprinkled with a little lime to the palate. The texture is just a touch supple, just a touch grippy. Very middle of the road but satisfying, with a fruity wild strawberry finish that shows good fruit persistence and a bit of RS. Nice and sure to be a crowd-pleaser."
"Pleasant aromas of watermelon rind, rose petals and white flowers. It balances its bracing acidity with a touch of creaminess and offers flavors of red cherry, tart raspberries, lime zest and a white pepper spice."
"Full bodied and rich, with flavors of black cherries and minerals."
"My advice: get over your fear of pink and get familiar with a ros like Paul Jaboulets Parallele 45 Rose (Cotes du Rhone, France, about $14); its widely available, has a name thats easy to remember, and sports a killer combo of sexy, crushed red berry fruit and enticing floral notes. Its got enough tanginess to match with just about any food either of you will order up, and has probably helped savvier wine drinkers access more trim than the entire lawn and garden section of The Home Depot."
"Bring on the Provenal fare any time. And bring on the the dancing girls, too."
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