Parducci winemaker Bob Swain discusses the unique attributes and history of Petite Sirah as a heritage grape with the Napa Valley Register.
The Napa Valley Register spoke with several Napa Valley winemakers about this pivotal grape:
“Here at Parducci we have been looking at petite sirah as a standalone variety for 50 years,” said Bob Swain, winemaker at Parducci Wine Cellars and Mendocino Wine Co. “The variety is interesting as a blender to bring structure and color to other wines but is more interesting on its own. The biggest challenge and its biggest attribute is the wine’s tannin structure. You need to tame its big tannins but also retain them to give the wine its core structure without being too aggressive. This variety, if made well, can age as well or better than cabernets here in California. We have examples from the 1980s at Parducci that are still alive and vibrant today.”
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Examiner.com praises Parducci True Grit Reserve Wines with a thoughtful review detailing each reserve selection, and gives props to proprieter Tim Thornhill for his "selective fruit sourcing and hands-on winemaking."
The review notes the distinctive attributes of each True Grit offering:
2013 True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: "This 'Big Boy' needs time to breathe and to show off burly cassis and mint aromas. Multi-layered cherry, currant and warm spice flavors linger in a long, elegant finish."
2013 True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah: "The intense, inky has small additions of syrah and grenache added for complexity and powerful backbone. Herbaceous aromas of ripe, black fruit entice as cascades of blackberry, dark chocolate and pepper dance on the palate."
2013 True Grit Reserve Chardonnay: "Opens with frisky apple and peach aromas. This straw-hued wine has silky pear, lemon custard and creamy apple flavors. This chardonnay is food friendly and will gladly share the menu with holiday dishes."
2013 True Grit Reserve Red Blend: "A seductive merger of mainly syrah with dollops of zinfandel and petite sirah for structure. Tempting aromas of plum and black cherry open to ripe blueberry, cherry and spice tart flavors."
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Wine Enthusiast Magazine rates the 2013 True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points!
Proprietor Tim Thornhill in the Vineyard with True Grit
Wine Expert Jim Gordon writes: "This is a big and brooding wine, with flavors initally restrained behind a textured and massively structured body. On second and third sips, black chocolate, dark cherry and black pepper flavors start to emerge. This is tempting to drink now, but should be best from 2018 to 2023."
Parducci True Grit Reserve wines are boldly expressive of varietal character, the product of very selective fruit sourcing and hands-on winemaking. Each vintage gives the full range of expression for a fearlessly distinct wine. Read more >
Amazon's Top 50 Wines of 2015 list includes three varietals from Parducci Wine Cellars: PWC Small Lot Blend merlot, PWC Small Lot Blend cabernet sauvignon, and PWC Small Lot Blend sauvignon blanc.
Amazon describes Parducci Small Lot Blend 2012 North Coast merlot as bursting with “rich flavors of black cherries and plums followed by a tea leaf spiciness, [which adds] savor and zest.” Amazon reviewers also describe it as "a nice wine (at an even better price) that will make an excellent Christmas gift."
Amazon agrees with Parducci vineyard description of the Small Lot Blend 2012 cabernet sauvignon as coming “from Mendocino County’s inland vineyards, a microclimate that imparts rich flavors of currant, plum, and vanilla…we select individually vinified small lots of premium varietal cabernet sauvignon grapes to blend a wine of deep, complex character and balanced flavors.”
Parducci makes the list one more time with their 2014 Small Lot Blend Sauvignon Blanc, which Amazon agrees is “ever-popular [and] a bright, refreshing wine with tropical fruit aromas and juicy citrus-melon flavors."
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Florida's City & Shore Magazine gives Parducci Small Lot Blend Zinfandel attention and accolades as a great choice for Thanksgiving dinner: "The Parducci Small Lot Blend Zinfandel delivers robust flavors ending in a smooth finish on the palate."
Parducci Small Lot Blend Zinfandel offers lovely flavors of fresh blackberry and sweet cherry fruit with complexities of coffee, cocoa, and black pepper. A great match for burgers, roast chicken, sausages, steak, red sauced pasta and BBQ ribs.
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The Planet Grape Wine Review--led by "Grape Goddess" Catherine Fallis, the 5th woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier--gave high ratings and stellar reviews to four wines in Parducci's True Grit line.
2013 Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah Mendocino was awarded a 92 point score, with the tasting notes: ""Plush and perfumed with inviting notes of blackberry, boysenberry, chocolate-covered pomegranate and dark roast coffee."
2013 Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino was awarded a 90 point score and described as: Bold, expressive and slightly chewy with notes of blackberry, black cherry, and vanilla bean."
2012 Parducci True Grit Reserve Red, a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah also received a 90 point score, and was described as: "Boldly fruity and oaky with notes of berry jam, allspice and clove."
2013 Parducci True Grit Reserve Chardonnay Mendocino received an 88 point score, and tasting notes of "Toasty oak spice and warm peach tart meld together seamlessly."
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Wine Enthusiast features Parducci Wine Cellars of Ukiah, CA, as one of their "11 Top Spots To Sip Wine And Soak Up Fall Views."
Wine Enthusiast suggests: "Take in the colors of fall—along with sips of Parducci’s highly rated True Grit wines, including a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah release—from its spacious tasting room and patio overlooking the winery’s gorgeous vineyards. Fall is the perfect time to visit; don’t miss the 30-minute tour of the Redwood Barrel Room and wine-aging cellar. The winery is also family- and dog-friendly, making it a favorite of visitors year-round."
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Blogger Goldie James highly recommends Parducci Winery as a tourist destination in a recent post that offers personalized anecdotes of Vernon and Edith Parducci from when James' own family were neighbors to the winemakers, as well as several photos of the winery's buildings and organic garden.
The article is a touchingly personal postcard to Parducci's past and present, filled with historical facts, details on visitor amenities, and stunning photos of the winery's grounds and interiors.
James concludes: "My Quick Take: If you love History and want to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax in a down to earth town then the Parducci Winery is for you."
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The Parducci Wine Cellars Crush Rush Benefit 5K raised $3328 on Sunday, October 4th, in support of the Ukiah Unified School District Garden program. Over 160 participants aged three to seventy-five ran, jogged, and strolled the 5-kilometer route through Parducci’s organic vineyards, gardens, wetland wildlife refuge, and winery.
Eight school gardens, serving over 3,000 pre-K through 8th grade students will benefit from the funds raised by all of the businesses and families who participated in the Parducci Crush Rush 5K. Terry d’Selkie, Teacher Coordinator for the Ukiah Unified School District Gardens said, “The contributions from our community help keep our school gardens thriving as science learning laboratories for our students.” 100% of the race’s entry fees will go directly to seeds, plants, soil and tools for garden and nutrition education. Donations can be made to the program by Ukiah Unified School District, Attention: Terry d'Selkie, 511 S. Orchard Ave., Ukiah, CA 95482.
The 2nd annual run began early in the morning in the vineyards. Parducci Winemaker and Race Director, Mark Beaman, started the participants off the finish line while family and friends lined the course to cheer everyone on. “I loved seeing the gardens while running though the vineyard,” said Valeria Larios, a first grader at Oak Manor Elementary School. “It was cool when Mark said ‘On your mark, get set, GO!’ But the best thing was getting 1st place in the race!” Laros won a gold medal in the Female Under-10 division.
Course records were set by top overall female runner Caramia Putman (22:48) and top overall male runner Tyler Clark (18:26). Race t-shirts and medals were provided by local business sponsors including Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Selzer Realty, Factory Pipe, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op, C&A Organic Farm, Friedman’s Home Improvement, and Acme Rigging.
1. Caramia Putman
2. Jen Collins
3. Elena Edwards
1. Tyler Clark
2. Nate England
3. Jaime Martinez
Under 10 Female
1. Valeria Larios
2. Jocelyn Torres
3. Addy Gordon
Under 10 Male
1. Ethan Edwards
2. Samuel Sommer
3. James Gordon
11 – 14 Female
1. Elena Edwards
2. Hannah Edwards
3. Mia Baarsch
11 – 14 Male
1. Jacob Sheldon
2. Philip Henebury
3. Diego Vallejo
15 – 19 Female
1. Caramia Putman
2. Danielle Ward
15 – 19 Male
1. Tyler Clark
2. Nate England
3. Martin Henebury
20 – 29 Female
1. Veronica Stovall
2. Michelle Moncivais
3. Rachel Pierce
20 – 29 Male
1. Miguel Acuna
30 – 39 Female
1. Tiffany Edwards
2. Elly Morton
3. Gina Henebury
30 – 39 Male
1. Jaime Martinez
2. Jorge Martinez
3. Angelo Lanham
40 – 49 Female
1. Jen Collins
2. Vanessa Koster
3. Gina Vau
40 – 49 Male
1. Ukiah Morrison
2. Ronnie DeSotto
3. Clint Hawks
50 – 59 Female
1. Laurie Smith
2. Tracy Luber
3. Annette Hawks
50 – 59 Male
1. Ken Schrock
2. David Smith
3. Patrik Moreno
1. Janese Summit
2. Nancy Morgan
3. Elyse Pierce
1. Anthony Fleming
2. Jim Gibbons
3. Wayne Ouellette
Following the race, participants enjoyed a complimentary brunch catered by Mendocino College Culinary Arts students, led by Chef Nicholas Petti. In line with the Crush Rush’s theme of healthy local eating, the brunch featured eggs, ham, and organic produce raised on Parducci’s own 15-acre farm. Schat’s Bakery provided muffins and breakfast breads, matched with complimentary Bee Bold coffee, a new line by Thanksgiving Coffee that supports bees and pollinators in Mendocino County.
"We had a great turnout of smiling faces that included both newcomers and repeat runners,” said Jess Arnsteen, Parducci Head Gardener and Race Coordinator. “The caliber of runners keeps getting better as participation grows wider and more diverse. All this helps raise more money for healthy gardens and healthy students. Parducci Wine Cellars is honored to be a part of this community tradition and we look forward to next year's run."
Parducci Wine Cellars is Mendocino County’s oldest winery, producing legendary wine—expressing both varietal character and terroir—for over 80 years. The winery operates with high standards and broad vineyard cultivation practices with the conviction that better wines come from healthier vines.
The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that Parducci Wine Cellars will host the second annual 'Crush Rush' 5K benefit run beginning at 8:30 AM on Sunday, October 4th:
"Race entry fee is $25 for adults and $15 for participants seventeen and under. Pre-registration for this year’s race has already begun and lasts until Thursday, October 1st , when entry increases to $35 and $25 respectively. Entry includes race t-shirt, brunch, and special deals in the Tasting Room while supplies last. To register, please visit www.Active.com or the Parducci Tasting Room for a registration form. Entrants should arrive at 7:15 AM on the race day to receive their racing bibs."
"The route brings runners through ripening Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet vineyards, two winery crush facilities, Parducci’s secluded Upper Home Ranch, and Parducci’s famed wetland wildlife preserve. The race is followed by a locally catered brunch with organic vegetables, and an awards presentation at 10 a.m."
"Parducci Wine Cellars invites those who cannot participate in the Crush Rush to cheer on their friends and family, and attend the awards presentation at 10 a.m. on the Parducci Tasting Room Patio. Non-racers may pay $10 for brunch and $10 for an extra race t-shirt while supplies last."
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