Parducci’s ’03 True Grit was a sensation. The ’04 is a worthy successor. Dry, tannic and amazingly rich, it floods the mouth with blackberry, cherry, currant, leather, coffee, carob and peppery spice flavors that go on and on in the finish. Like any great young Petite Sirah, it will age for many years.— S.H.
Parducci is proud of their history with Petite Sirah. The name “True Grit” seems to suggest their own stick-to-itiveness, and the wine’s gutsy personality. It shows massive cherry, blackberry, plum, cocoa, tobacco, balsamic, soy, coffee and Asian spice flavors, and will probably age forever. Good now with grilled meats.— S.H.
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.— J.G.
Enticing aromas like baking spices and a vivid mix of fruit and spice flavors are carried along beautifully by lively acidity matched with luxurious body. This tastes subtly and attractively oaky and has considerable complexity and length.— J.G.
This is classic Parducci Petite Sirah, a near-perfect example of the variety. Dry and robust, yet smooth, it has complex flavors of wild blackberries, blueberries, molasses, dark chocolate, bacon and peppery spices. With beautiful balance, it’s a great value.— S.H.
This bottling from veteran producer Parducci is consistently one of the best Petite Sirahs in California. The 2006 perhaps lacks the concentration of ’03 and ’04, and is more like the elegant 2005. It shows a classic red -wine structure, with tannin-inspired flavors of blackberries, currants, tobacco, sandalwood and…— S.H.
This wine has more than the typical backbone and texture. Fresh raspberry and red cherry flavors get support from good acidity and a hefty layer of almost chewy tannins. It is dry, firm and well balanced, and is made to accompany food.— J.G.
This nicely balanced wine was made partly in barrels and partly in stainless steel. It smells like vanilla, cream and chamomile, and tastes as crisp and juicy as fresh-cut apples. Layers of flavor unfold with each successive sip, resembling nutmeg, pear and fig. The texture stays smooth and rich but with lively…— J.G.