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."
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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Wine Enthusiast gave 88 points to Parducci 2013 Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, and listed the wine as a Best Buy.
Honoring the rich heritage of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, Parducci selects individually-vinified small lots of premium varietal Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to blend a wine of deep, complex character and balanced flavors.
The 2013 Parducci Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon was grown in Mendocino County’s inland vineyards, a microclimate that imparts rich flavors of currant, plum, and vanilla. Enjoy this dry red wine with grilled red meat, pepper-crusted ahi tuna, roasted lamb with vegetables and full flavored cheeses.
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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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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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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D'Vine Wine Time--"Where affordable California wines meet everyday people"--gives both high praise and very high ratings (on their scale of 1 to 5 bottles) to Parducci Wine Cellars True Grit 2012 Petite Sirah Reserve and True Grit 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
True Grit 2012 Petite Sirah Reserve received a four bottle rating: "This inky purple wine, in color, is strikingly beautiful. A nose of cassis and black cherry with hints of leather; making you want to sit down in a big, puffy leather arm chair while sipping on a glass."
True Grit 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shone with a five bottle rating: "A marvelous Cabernet! Dark, garnet red with a nose of wet cedar, blackberry pie and an old leather baseball glove. On the palate the wine is juicy and lush."
Both wines are described as "masculine," and pairing well with beef: "Definitely John Wayne Approved!"
We tip our (ten gallon) hat to D'Vine Wine Time--glad you enjoyed True Grit!
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