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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"Mendocino’s oldest winery still in production, Parducci Wine Cellars, celebrated its 85th anniversary with the release of 85—a special cuvée created in honor of John “Mr. Mendocino” Parducci.
Parducci's special release "85" bottling / Photo courtesy of Parducci Wine Cellars. Parducci was a champion of the region, and the first to label bottles with “Mendocino County.” The winery was founded by his father and uncle in 1932. Parducci took over head winemaking duties in the 1940s, building the family winery into a well-known brand over several decades. He was also among the first to emphasize varietal wines. He passed away in 2014.
The bottling, created by head winemaker Bob Swain, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as Parducci’s winemaker, blends “heartland varietals of Mendocino County”—namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc."
"85" - A Tradition You Can Trust Will Be Delicious
May 12, 2017 (Ukiah, CA) – Parducci® Wine Cellars, Mendocino’s longest running winery, is celebrating its 85th anniversary with the release of 85, a special Cuvée honoring John Parducci, “Mr. Mendocino”.
85 showcases the heartland varietals of Mendocino County – Cabernet Sauvignon (69%), Merlot (18%), Petite Verdot (8%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). 85, to be released on May 12, 2017, is priced at $45 per bottle with the 241 cases produced available directly from the winery (/wines).
Crafted by renowned head winemaker Bob Swain, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as Parducci’s winemaker, 85 represents the best of the 2015 Vintage. “In anticipation of our 85th Anniversary we selected some of our most prized fruit and crafted an exceptional blend that would make John Parducci proud”, enthuses Swain.
In celebration of their 85th anniversary Parducci Wine Cellars is also featuring a True Grit Petite Sirah varietal retrospective of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages. These highly-regarded wines, stored perfectly in their cellars, will only be available for a short time via the tasting room and on the website.
“John Parducci was a huge lover of Petite Sirah and Bob has carried the torch and made some of the best not only in Mendocino County but in the state”, says Tim Thornhill, owner. “We’re honored to be able to open our cellars to our visitors, wine club members and Petite Sirah fans for this unique retrospective tasting opportunity of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages.”
About Mendocino Wine Company: www.mendocinowineco.com
Mendocino Wine Company is owned and operated by the Thornhill family and based in Ukiah, California. The Thornhill family continues the tradition of making award-winning wines using sustainable wine growing and land use practices. MWC has created an example for how to leave the world a little better than we found it. In recognition of their leadership, the State of California three times (2007, 2009 & 2014) awarded Parducci® Wine Cellars with the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest environmental honor.
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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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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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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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Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences gave high praise to three Parducci wines this week, calling the 2012 Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Gris "Exceptional" while describing both the 2010 Parducci Reserve Pinot Noir and 2010 Small Lot Blend Merlot as "Very Highly Recommended."
Berger describes the water conservation improvements that the winery's chief operating officer Tim Thornhill has implemented, also noting that "the wines now coming out of Parducci are better than ever, most following the style set down decades ago by John Parducci, now 95 and the patron saint of the project."
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Parducci Wine Club spotlights two Small Lot Blends and a new Reserve Grenache for November.
2010 Parducci Small Lot Blend Sauvignon Blanc: This classy Sauvignon Blanc has kiwi-scented fruit-forward melon aromas with a creamy round mouth feel and a crisp lingering finish.
2011 Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir: Our Pinot Noir offers aromas of juicy, ripe raspberries and strawberries. Its berry flavors are full and rich on the palate, picking up a hint of cedar in the finish. Enjoy this medium bodied red wine with grilled salmon, pork tenderloin, and fine cuts of red meat.
2010 Parducci RESERVE Grenache: Awash with the color of ripe red cherries and a nose of sweet raspberries, this wine is medium bodied with a long finish.
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