Parallel Napa Valley

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 102
Vintage

2014

Parallel Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% hillside Cabernet Sauvignon primarily from one of Philippe’s favorite blocks on Howell Mountain
  • Beautifully concentrated with depth and complexity
  • Aged for 24 months in 100% French oak
  • Perfectly age worthy

This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 60 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family. Your Premiere Napa Valley wine is a 100% hillside Cabernet Sauvignon primarily from one of Philippe Melka’s favorite blocks on Howell Mountain. Beautifully concentrated with depth and complexity, it was aged for 24 months in a 100% French oak barrel. Perfectly ageworthy, this wine is explosive on the nose with wild berries, cookie dough and chocolate.


Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Parallel Napa Valley

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

I spent much of my youth in Bordeaux, France, earning my geology degree from the University of Bordeaux. On a whim, I took a wine course in my final year of study - a decision that changed my life.

My journey started at Chateau Haut Brion (where my passion for cabernet-based blends and sauvignon blanc began) and I completed a masters program in Agronomy and Enology under the direction of Professor Sequin, the renowned terroir specialist. I was fascinated by the relationship between soil and wine quality,
a fascination which continues today.

Yearning to know more, I set out for Napa Valley (Dominus Estate), Western Australia (Chittering Estate), Chianti in Italy (Badia O Coltibuono) and Bordeaux (Chateau Petrus) where I divided my time between soil study and winemaking. However, the great diversity of terroirs I found in Napa Valley, and its potential for extraordinary wines, was a revelation to me.

So, with the knowledge I've gained around the world, I've devoted the past 15 years to winemaking here in Napa Valley, both as a consultant to the most highly regarded estate wineries, and as co-proprietor of Melka Wines with my wife, Cherie. We've also found time to raise a beautiful family together.

I feel fortunate to have been trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business: Jean Delmas and Jean Philippe Masclef from Haut-Brion, Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet from Petrus, Paul Draper from Ridge, Daniel Baron from Silver Oak and Michel Rolland from Chateau Pasteur.

Country born: France

Education: University of Bordeaux, France - Geology degree
Chateau Haut Brion, Masters Program in Agronomy and Enology

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
My recent naming as one of the top 9 wine consultants in the world by Robert Parker has been truly humbling, and a terrific honor. But my pursuit of excellence in this field I'm so passionate about has only just begun.
Food & Wine magazine's 2005 Winemaker of the Year

Winemaking Philosophy:
I believe that the wine must tell the story of the native soil and let the fruit produced by a great vineyard, not the art of the winemaker, shine through.

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