The San Francisco International Wine Competition Tour recently came through Dallas showcasing the wine and spirits of the award winners. Parallel’s 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon received ‘Best Cabernet’. I was invited to meet Mac MacQuoid, one of the partners of Parallel Wines, and his associate, Lindsay Faith.
Mac talked about the genesis of Parallel coming from a 25 year friendship; a love of Park City, Utah, skiing; and the ultimate goal of making the wine showcase the important things in life. The winery was established formally as a partnership in 1999 by six close friends who felt the concept of their dream represented their parallel lives in Deer Valley, Utah, where they are originally from, and Napa Valley, their second home.
This group is very serious about their wines and brought in Philippe Melka, Food & Wine Magazine’s 2005 Winemaker of the Year, and Jim Barbour of Barbour Vineyards. Both are well known for their cooperation on wines for Lail and Hundred Acre. Philippe is also currently making wine for Vineyard 29, Roy Estate, Dana Estates, Gemstone, Seavey, PreVail and Marston.
I had the chance to try two wines from Parallel:
- 2008 Parallel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – big currant, cassis, earth and lots of berry fruit. This was a Bordeaux style and was incredible
- 2009 Parallel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – berry, tea, violet, spice and licorice with a great balance. This was also a fabulous wine
I always love when dreams and great wine intersect. I look forward to tasting future vintages and recommend you keep Parallel on your radar.