Halloween evening, after we have gone Trick-o-Treat with our child, I was exhausted and just wanted to have a simple meal with a glass of simple wine. Alas! There is my half bottle of good o’ faithful Parallel 45 left over from the previous night waiting to be finished.
I have had this entry wine by Paul Jaboulet Aîné many times. Parallel 45 may not be the best Côtes du Rhône you can buy, but for the money, this wine delivers value year in and year out. Moreover, it is flexible, you can pair it with almost anything (even seafood such as fried fish fingers). For this night, I paired this bottle from the 2003 vintage with a roast beef sandwich on pumpernickel topped with caramelized onions. Perfect combination!
ABV: 13.5%, Price paid: $8
Color: Dark ruby.
Nose: Not a huge nose. Light scent of black fruit supported by hints of oak and earthiness.
Palate: Fairly straightforward with riped fruit, borderline grapy and notes of herbs (mostly licorice) and spice typically associated in a GSM wine. Really soft tannins.
Body: Lightweight (even in Côtes du Rhône sense).
Finish: Short and clean. Mostly black fruit and slightly pepperish.
Even with an entry level wine, decanting is a must. Parallel 45 benefits from half to one hour in the decanter before serving.