Parducci True Grit Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah were both awarded GOLD medals at "the largest and most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC)."
"Now in its 37th year, the SFIWC maintains the highest level of integrity with a blind-tasting system performed by a highly experienced panel of internationally acclaimed wine experts."
"A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence, and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best."
Esteemed wine critic, Steve Heimoff, recently tasted True Grit Petite Sirah library wines that he first reviewed back in 2009... How have they been holding up? "I’m happy to say the wines continue to offer plenty of interest", said Steve.
"It’s almost a given that wine critics call Petite Sirah ageable. I nearly always did in my career, for a couple reasons. First, it’s really tannic in youth, but balanced, and secondly, I’ve been lucky enough to taste many old Petite Sirahs, so I have first-hand experience. A good one, from a good vintage, will last for decades, in the right cellar. And Parducci’s Petite Sirah is always good; at Wine Enthusiast, when these three wines were released, I gave the 2004 93 points, the 2005 89 points, and the 2006 I scored at 90 points. I’m happy to say the wines continue to offer plenty of interest."
"2006: The wine was $30 on release, a lot for a Peite Sirah, but it was quite good. I called it “consistently one of the best in California” and gave it 90 points. It was tasty when I reviewed it in 2009, and now, eight years later, it still is, although it’s showing its age. The fresh fruits—blackberries, currants—are drying out and turning savory and leathery, and there’s a soft, dark chocolate unctuousness, but the spices are still there, and so are the tannins. It’s a very nice wine to drink now, elegant and complex. I would keep the score at 90 points."
"2005: When the wine was first released, I called it “young, dry, jammy, acidic and tannicly immature,” a rather “aloof” wine. Now, at the age of 12 years, it’s really blossomed. The tannins are resolved, although still firm, and the primary blackberry-cherry and cocoa nib flavors are evolving into secondary status: dried fruits and currants, with those mushroom, leather and bacon notes that mark more mature bottles of the variety. The wine now has a softness that makes it round and supple. Lovely to drink now, and will last for another ten years, at least. Score: 91 points."
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The Huffington Post's Kelly Mitchell recently visited Mendocino Wine Company and toured Parducci Wine Cellars with co-owner Tim Thornhill to discuss innovative water recycling methods, wildlife habitat conservation, and the making of great wine.
The article features an in-depth profile of Thornhill that shows how the combination of his background in ranch work, success as a landscaper, and unique approach to problem-solving resulted in Parducci becoming "the very first carbon neutral winery in the United States to operate on 100% green power."
The winery's huge strides in water conservation are instructive in light of California's continuing drought. After purchasing Parducci in 2004, Thornhill reduced the winery's wastewater pollution by installing filters and "trickle towers," in addition to recycling both leftover machinery and sugar-eating, filamentous fungi (which keep the trickle towers clean). Also key was creating a habitat based on the Everglades, the world's largest natural water filter system, which turned Parducci's former wastewater pond into a certified wildlife habitat. Mendocino Wine Company has received the GEELA Award (California's highest environmental award) three times, and Thornhill is able to recycle 100% of his winery's water at any time.
Thornhill's success comes from a rugged individualism that doesn't believe in the word "can't" and still remembers the lesson of his parents to leave things better than how you found them. Parducci's True Grit line of craft wines (made from 100% Mendocino grapes) perfectly reflects Thornhill's iconoclastic philosophy in the same way the line's boot illustration celebrates the bold determination of the visionary winemakers who planted grapevines here in the 1800s.
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Wine Enthusiast just rated the first vintage of Parducci True Grit Reserve Red 89 Points.
True Grit RESERVE wines are the product of very selective fruit sourcing and hands-on winemaking. Boldly expressive of varietal character, each vintage gives the full range of expression for a fearlessly distinct wine.
The top-rated Parducci True Grit Reserve Red has inviting aromas of plum, black cherry, and creamy coconut that lead to velvety smooth flavors of dark blueberry and cherry accented by leather and spice cake.
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Examiner.com provides a succinct but comprehensive history of Parducci Family Cellars before extolling the virtues of the True Grit Reserve line of wines and offering some mouth-watering food parings.
The Examiner's True Grit Reserve tasting notes:
2013 Reserve Chardonnay: "This elegant Chardonnay shows a nice balance between fruit, acidity, and wood. Green apple, lemon and caramel on the aromas. Lovely dance of ripe pears, pineapple and caramelized apples on the palate. We enjoyed this wine paired with a homemade mac & cheese."
2012 Reserve Red: "This approachable red blend shows aromas of ripe plum, vanilla, and hints of spiced rum. On the palate, this wine feels well structured, with pleasant tannins and acidity. Displays flavors of ripe blackberries, plum, baking spices and notes of wood. We enjoyed this wine with thick pork chops seared in the pan and finished in the oven; seasoned with a rub of kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic."
2013 Reserve Petite Sirah: "This wine has a very expressive bouquet of ripe raspberries, violets, sweet vanilla and notes of coffee bean. On the palate, this well-crated wine feels silky with flavors of ripe dark fruit, black pepper and sautéed mushrooms. This Petite Sirah has pleasant acidity with a deep finish of ripe fruit and toffee flavors and smooth tannins. We enjoyed this wine with a Neapolitan-style pizza topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and fennel."
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: "This robust Cabernet Sauvignon shows aromas of dark berries, red currants, toasted wood and hints of eucalyptus and wet slate. On the palate, this wine feels a bit chewy and well-balanced with bold flavors of dark plums, ripe fig, dark berries, and notes of earth."
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50 States of Wine reviews the family of True Grit RESERVE wines, and gushes accordingly: "Fantastic collection of wines that taste above their price - add in everything that goes on beyond the scenes in terms of sustainability and history, and these show their colors as palate-pleasing wines."
50 States of Wine's tasting notes: "True Grit Reserve Red Mendocino County 2012: Syrah, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah blend; ruby red color; bright red berry, cherry soda, and plum aromas; red plum, dark cherry, and toast flavors; nicely balanced; smooth mouthfeel into a slightly tannic finish; cork closure. Paired with a coffee crusted steak and potatoes au gratin, fantastic."
"True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2013: deep dark purple with ruby edges; plum, earth and cherry aromas; dark cherry, black currant, oregano flavors with a spicy finish; super smooth mouthfeel, beautiful balance; cork closure. Paired with a pizza dinner, stood up wonderfully to pepperoni, Italian sausage and giardiniera."
"True Grit Mendocino County Reserve Chardonnay 2013: beautiful golden yellow color; aromas of white flowers, Asian pear and lemon; subtle honeydew and muskmelon flavors lead into a nutty finish; medium, velvety body; cork closure."
"True Grit Mendocino Reserve Petite Sirah 2013: deep opaque purple with ruby edges; dark fruit, toast and tar aromas; prune, tart red berry, earth and cassis flavors; smooth body, acid backbone, and a tannic finish make this a pleasure to drink now, but should improve with some cellar time; cork closure. Any bottle that comes with a tag that exhorts 'Decant Me' is likely one I'm going to enjoy, and this was no exception."
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Texas Wine Lover writes a sweetly sensual review of the 2013 True Grit RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon, starting by removing the cork: "Even before pouring the wine in the glass, I already knew this wine was going to suit my tastes. In the glass the wine pours a deep ruby with a slightly lighter rim. The nose is quite layered for such a youthful wine showcasing notes of black currant, black cherries, vegetal notes, bell pepper, and menthol. The palate is similar, but offers up nuances of flamboyant black fruits, coffee bean, mint, and the mouthfeel is quite dusty, which is a complement to the True Grit namesake. This wine ends with a fairly long and supple finish on the back palate."
Texas Wine Lover continues: "My honest thoughts are buy it and drink it now for a youthful and complex wine. Cellar it for a later date to coax softer components from the evolving liquid abyss...this wine is very drinkable and offers enough substance to really get you thinking. It gets an A+ in my book for quality and balance, with a swath of complexity to swim though as you geek out and savor every drop of this wine."
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Truly Net strongly recommends a pair of Parducci True Grit reds as the ideal bottles for a holiday family meal this year.
2012 True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah: "Flush with full fruit, this velvety wine has a bit of Syrah as well (8%) and just a touch of Grenache (1%). Aged in a mix of New American oak and seasoned French/American, it’s well-balanced and can definitely hold up to a few more years of time in the bottle but is eminently drinkable now. Official tasting notes mention 'white pepper and vanilla, followed by an intense rush of fresh blackberry, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel flavors'- but when we opened ours, a bit of time aerating brought out a bit more of the spice."
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon: "Classically built, this is a deep and dark, meaty wine ideal for pairing with the Christmas lamb, and there are plenty of tannins to work around and feel...The True Grit wines seem a drinkable embodiment of the Mendocino ethos with an Italian heritage- solid, uncomplicated, and satisfying."
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Writer Doug Harmon of the Wichita Falls Times Record News was so impressed after sampling True Grit Reserve wines that he wrote about the entire portfolio at once!
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Some standout tasting notes and ratings from this stellar Times Record News review:
"2013 True Grit Reserve Chardonnay is ripe, rich and harmonious, revealing tiers of apple, pear and toasted vanilla, with a creamy finish that is extremely balanced. I give this wine a rating of 90 points."
"2012 True Grit Reserve Red is an enticing blend of wild berry, plum and black cherry, with a smooth and inviting finish. I give this wine a rating of 90 points."
"2013 True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied, complex and expressive with hints of blackberry, spice and currant, followed by a smooth yet powerful finish with integrated tannins. I give this wine a rating of 91 points."
"2013 True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah is stunning in the glass with its dark, brooding, almost black-garnet hue that leads to a bold, rich and luscious wine that serves up intense blueberry, vibrant blackberry and deep dark chocolate, and finishes with hints of white pepper and clove. This wine is not for the faint of heart and should be decanted before serving. I give this wine a rating of 93 points."
Harmon goes on to say: "All of these wines are a 'Double Must Buy' except the superb 2013 True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah that comes with a 'Triple Must Buy.'"
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Uncorked Monthly gives 2012 True Grit Reserve Red a New Bottle Experience Rating of 90 points!
Uncorked Monthly raves: "Bright appearance, with full aromas of leather, forest floor and black currant. A medium/full-bodied red. The finish is subtle/layered." Try a glass today!Buy Wine
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