Parducci Wine Cellars, Mendocino's longest running winery, has announced hiring Greg Winter to join the winemaking team as Director of Winemaking.
Greg Winter will join Head Winemaker Bob Swain in crafting the award-winning Parducci & True Grit wines.
Greg earned his bachelor's degree with highest honors in Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis. Greg will join Parducci with nearly 20 years experience, having worked as a winemaker at R.H. Phillips, Valley of the Moon and most recently as the Director of Winemaking at Hogue Cellars.
Bob Swain, who has been at the helm of Parducci Wine Cellars for the last 20 years, will retire at the end of 2018. Bob assumed the role of Head Winemaker in 1997 and has spent the last 20 years improving the quality of the venerable Parducci brand. From improved winemaking practices, to returning Parducci to an all Mendocino County appellation, Bob Swain has given new life to this now 85 year old brand. Multiple 90+ point scores on recent vintages are only the latest markers of his positive impact.
"We're excited to have Greg join us at Parducci Wine Cellars", states Bob Swain. "Greg's experience and skills are a perfect match for our winery today and for where we want to take this operation in the future. I look forward to spending the next year with Greg while he gets familiar with our unique winery, cellar crew and community as I prepare to formally hand off all winemaking operations and retire at the end of 2018."
"I am thrilled to work with Bob over the next year", says Greg Winter, "I'm eager to absorb as much wisdom and local knowledge as I can from Bob, as I prepare to take on winemaking for these great brands."
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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Muscat Canelli and Parducci Wine Cellars go way back. We’ve been crafting this fragrant, white wine for well over 30 years: some vintages as a full-on dessert wine, others as a medium-sweet wine with a flavor profile more closely akin to Gewürztraminer.
"Muscat Canelli is the wine that brought me to Parducci 25 years ago.
It is sweet but clears nicely and is, for me, the perfect sipping wine. Great with Brie and strawberries also."
- Laurel Connell, 5 Star Review on Parducci.com
Known in France as Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, the varietal is most often used in the making of sweet and sparkling wines. Parducci Winemaker Bob Swain describes Muscat Canelli as “sweet and tasty with a characteristic floral smell coming from the terpenes,” a type of aroma compound that contributes to a wine’s fruit, floral, and herbal flavors.
Of course, Muscat Canelli’s enduring appeal extends back even longer in viticulture history. Like, all the way back. Genetic sequencing has found that every noble European grape variety can trace its roots back to this enchanting wine. As in: this is the grape that begat all others.
Reminiscent of the wines of myth and poetry, Parducci Small Lot Blend Muscat Canelli is a true feast for the senses (think lychee and fresh peach). This balanced beauty is an always reliable party-starter, the perfect match for spicy international cuisine or your favorite cheese, fruit, and charcuterie tray. Yum, we're getting hungry (and thirsty!) Time to pass the apps and open a bottle.
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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Wine Oh.tv lists the 2011 Parducci Coro Mendocino as a "Must-Try" Zinfandel Wine Blend: "The concept of CORO Mendocino is simple: make Zinfandel-based blends using an approved list of varietals that are grown in Mendocino county and make them taste great. Put them all in the same kind of bottle, with the same label and same packaging. It started as a conversation between longtime friends and winemakers in Mendocino’s Ukiah Valley and grew into a movement."
Wine Oh.tv notes that the 2011 Parducci Coro Mendocino "really smells like [a] Zin, with jammy fruit and generous peppery spice. Appealing from start to finish, it has good structure, energetic flavors good acid and a smooth mid-palate. It fires on all cylinders."
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Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences gives "Bargain of the Week" status to the 2009 Parducci Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine's flavor profile is described as: "Dried herbs, tea, and an earthy note that will be part of the wine's complexity in a year or two. A low-oak, crisp red that works nicely with meat dishes. Made in the old Parducci style!"
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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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WINEMAKER BOB SWAIN SPEAKS FROM THE CELLAR about what's new for winter 2013 at Parducci.
Q: What are you and the winemaking team up to this time of year?
A: We are blending the 2012 whites, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as well as prepping the 2012 Pinot Noirs. We have either bottled or are about to bottle many of the 2012 whites, and it is proving to be a fantastic vintage in terms of quality and volume.
Q: What are some of the early characteristics of the 2012 vintage?
A: The whites have great aromatics and balance, while the reds are some of the darkest wines we have had in years.
Q: What new releases are you especially looking forward to sharing this spring?
A: We also just blended the 2010 Small Lot Blend Petite Sirah, and it is a big boy! Boatloads of pepper spice and jammy texture; it will be one to look for.
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Beau's Barrel Room is pleasantly surprised by the Parducci 2009 Pinot Noir, writing: “Parducci … blows other pinot noirs that cost twice as much clean out of the water."
Beau's article continues: "It's almost not fair how superb this wine is, considering it comes in at way under $20… Aromatically this is textbook pinot noir. Great spices combined with a sour cherry and red currant note, rhubarb and a tiny bit of oak present as well. When I sniffed my glass for the first time, my face lit up … the fact that Parducci's pinot noir is so true, so varietally pure can't help but entice us to taste it … It's clear Parducci's winemaker, Bob Swain, did a wonderful job with this vintage … Do yourself a favor, taste this and you'll realize what pinot noir used to be like and that sometimes it really doesn't have to cost $20 or more to be wonderful.”
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