A soft, juicy and high quality effort that over-delivers, the 2014 Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45 gives up plenty of raspberry, pepper and herbs to go with a medium-bodied, pretty, lightly textured style on the palate. It has plenty of character and you could do much worse at the price.
Caroline Frey and winemaker Jacques Desvernois continue to make a bevy of high quality wines from throughout the Rhône Valley. Both their 2014s and 2013s show the vintage character nicely, and the wines show fresher, more elegant profiles without sacrificing too much density and depth. I’d like a touch more flesh and texture in a few of these latest releases, but there’s no denying the high quality coming from this estate today. One noteworthy change here is that after decades of working with Frederick Wildman & Sons, Paul Aîné Jaboulet will now be represented in the US by New York based Skurnik Wines. Hopefully this will lead to broader distribution and more access to these wines as there’s tons of value and quality in the lineup.
-- Jeb Dunnuck, RobertParker.com, Dec 2015