October 1, 2021 at 10:01 pm #10085LeftCoastModerator
Boldly expressive of varietal character, True Grit RESERVE wines are the product of very selective fruit sourcing and hands-on winemaking. Our fearlessly distinct Petite Sirah has heady aromas of oak, nutmeg and black pepper, followed by a lively rush of fresh blackberry, anise, plum and vanilla flavors. This bold wine boasts integrated tannins and broad, rich texture. This vintage was sourced exclusively from the certified organic and sustainable Parducci Estate vineyard.
History of the Winery/AVA/Vineyard: Mendocino, Mendocino County
The Parducci story in Mendocino dates to 1912, when the family first arrived in California from Tuscany. Adolph Parducci purchased a vineyard north of Ukiah in 1921, and followed with a winery next to the vineyard in 1932. In 1944, the family produced a varietal bottling of Zinfandel, building on the Italian heritage found throughout the county. The Parducci family continued to participate in the winery until 1994, and it was sold in 1996 to its current owners, the Thoma family. Parducci Cellars is again sold in 2004 to the Mendocino Wine Group, a new family partnership between Paul Dolan and the Thornhill family, grape-growing neighbors in Mendocino.
Wine Maker: Jordan Ferrier
Costco Notes: Bold and beautiful, this full-bodied wine is very deep in color, chock full of blackberry, wood smoke and baking spices backed by rich blueberry flavors and very firm tannins.
Left Coast Tasting Notes:
Time on Gas: 36 hours
Color: Dark inky purple
Nose (aromas): First opened, not much if any nose. The gassed bottle had hints of fruit, but still somewhat tight. It will take a lot more time to open up.
Palate (flavors): The first bottle was tight, a bit acidic and tannic. Adding cheese helped significantly. The second gassed bottle still a bit tannic, dark fruit in the mouth, a short finish, but much better after interacting with air.
Grapes: Petite Sirah
Summary: This Petite Sirah is very dry and needs time, maybe 3+ years if you have the cellar space. This would not be a wine you would order in a restaurant, it will not have time to open up. In time, it will go well with a calzone, Italian meats, and bold cheeses. If you want to experiment, this wine should be in your cellar with a 2024/2025 date to open.
Rating: Somewhere between Wednesday to Thursday
(Wine Enthusiast 92 pts, Vivino 3.8)
Costco SKU: 145774
Store Location: Danville, CA
Date of Tasting: 9/17/2021
Tasting Panel: M.S., B.H., D.C., L.F., C.P.,B.I., B.T.,M.W.,M.L.,M.C.,J.N.
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