Review: 2007 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône

jaboulet parallele 45Parallèle 45 is one of the most venerable of French wines, a grenache and syrah blend from 25-year-old vines in the Rhone valley, and it’s usually something you can find for under $10 a bottle.

This 2007 rendition is no departure from the house style, a burly wine with a big herbal punch — rosemary and thyme — atop a massively plummy core. It’s got legs to spare, a wine that never fails to surprise me with its immensity.

And yet, it’s still a simple, food-friendly wine that anyone should enjoy. Beware, though, you’ll want to mind your purple teeth.

B+ / $9 /

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