Wine Review: 2007 Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah, Mendocino

Parducci is a winery on my radar, and long overdue to visit in person to tour and taste. I admire their deep commitment to being Green and Sustainable practices, long before it was widespread.  Parducci was the first carbon neutral winery in the U.S., one of many accolades.

True Grit – The Movie & The Petite Sirah

I received this sample at the launch of the movie, and you may have already seen a fair amount of (positive reviews.) I do applaud Parducci and their PR firm for some of their innovative ways of communication and approach to the industry. I kinda blew the timing, as I was buried with my move, so am now reviewing it on, yes, Oscar night.

Parducci is no newcomer to Petite Sirah, and have been producing wine from this sometimes challenging varietal for many years. I have to confess being cautious with recommending Petite Sirah. Its a varietal prone to very high tannins and chalkiness, and dangerous in the hands of a winemaker focused on New World extracted wine styles.

My personal palate, which if you haven’t gleaned by now, leans towards wines that allows the varietal to express itself in its natural color and flavor profile and not be manipulated to  being Cabernet like or Parker palate crushing. He likes big tannins, I don’t. Personal preference, often based on biological sensory evaluation differences.

How did this wine and the movie get connected? Prior to the release (of the movie not the wine), the wine was poured, exclusively, at  the Coen brothers’ studio cast screening,  so they could taste what True Grit is all about.

That led to True Grit becoming the exclusive wine pour for the opening screening at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills.  Jeff Bridges liked the wine enough to send Parducci a personal note of thanks, saying he enjoyed the wine.

2007 Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah Mendocino

88% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah. 14.5 % alcohol, 24 months oak aged, 1938 cases produced.

To The Eye: Inky purple, midnight dark, no light passes through

On The Nose: Blackberry, spice, white pepper

In the Mouth: Kudo’s to Parducci for a Petite Sirah one can drink without tongue shaving after.  There is no doubt this is a Petite Sirah, but its very balanced, and no less tannic than many other red wines, including varietals that shouldn’t be.

Dark chocolate, modest (not overripe) blackberry. Tannins are present, but not overwhelming. I’d love to toss a bottle into the cellar for a few years to compare, but this is a bottle most will enjoy right now.

Food Pairing: Any meat with a bit of fat to meld with the tannins and structure, the classic selection being a  ribeye. But the wine is balanced enough for a broader spectrum of food and grilled meats.

Rating: Excellent.

Recommendation: Buy and drink or hold.

Where to Buy: In honor of the Oscars, Whole Foods is carrying this release, on sale for 19.99, normally 29.99. Its also available Direct from Winery for the same price. Media Sample.

I have to agree, this wine is a perfect match for a rustic theme and name.

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  • William Allen:

    wanted to add, tasting again second night, properly sealed, and was even better!

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