Parducci

True Grit Reserve Mendocino Petite Sirah

8.8259 ratings
8.813 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
Petite Sirah
Tomato-Based, Lamb, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

This wine smells dark, but it's heavily laced with cedar and cigar box notes. Black fruit is apparent and rides high on the nose. On the palate, things are surprisingly nice and smooth. Firm tannins are no more than that, and the acidity is youthful. The taste centers on blackberries and a bit of savory tar, but much less than the ‘04 and ‘05 display.

This wine smells dark, but it's heavily laced with cedar and cigar box notes. Black fruit is apparent and rides high on the nose. On the palate, things are surprisingly nice and smooth. Firm tannins are no more than that, and the acidity is youthful. The taste centers on blackberries and a bit of savory tar, but much less than the ‘04 and ‘05 display.

Sep 29th, 2017
Randy Fuller

This is an indigo-black wine, with nose that shows a lot more tar than the 2004 does. Savory notes abound. The palate offers firm tannins, but nothing scary. Blackberry fruit comes off as if it’s been trampled underfoot and gets an overlay of spice rack. It finishes long and savory.

This is an indigo-black wine, with nose that shows a lot more tar than the 2004 does. Savory notes abound. The palate offers firm tannins, but nothing scary. Blackberry fruit comes off as if it’s been trampled underfoot and gets an overlay of spice rack. It finishes long and savory.

Sep 24th, 2017
Randy Fuller

2004 Mendocino Petite Sirah
This wine is indigo-black. No light is getting through the glass. A whiff shows some black fruit and some serious tar and forest floor. Smoke and leather play a role as well, with a hint of oak spice. As for the palate, don't tell me this is a 13-year-old wine. You can't kid a kidder. The wine is drinking extremely young, and showing its teeth in the tannins. These are jawbreaker tannins that could probably melt a steak by just pouring it on the meat. They do settle down a bit as the glass sits, but don't wait for this do become a “sipper.” Black currant and plums come through vividly, and the finish is long.

2004 Mendocino Petite Sirah
This wine is indigo-black. No light is getting through the glass. A whiff shows some black fruit and some serious tar and forest floor. Smoke and leather play a role as well, with a hint of oak spice. As for the palate, don't tell me this is a 13-year-old wine. You can't kid a kidder. The wine is drinking extremely young, and showing its teeth in the tannins. These are jawbreaker tannins that could probably melt a steak by just pouring it on the meat. They do settle down a bit as the glass sits, but don't wait for this do become a “sipper.” Black currant and plums come through vividly, and the finish is long.

Sep 6th, 2017
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.0

Ripe peppery cherry aromas lead into a velvety palate. There is balanced acidity and supple tannins to complement the chocolatey black fruits. Petite Sirah can be ponderous, but this wine manages levity. 14% abv | sample

Ripe peppery cherry aromas lead into a velvety palate. There is balanced acidity and supple tannins to complement the chocolatey black fruits. Petite Sirah can be ponderous, but this wine manages levity. 14% abv | sample

1 person found it helpfulJan 6th, 2015
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, raspberry, white pepper, cherry cola, mocha and oak. Good structure and well-integrated tannins.

Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, raspberry, white pepper, cherry cola, mocha and oak. Good structure and well-integrated tannins.

Apr 21st, 2017
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.2

Inky ruby-purple; very extracted. The wine has nice red fruit aromas with a touch of resinous herbs (rosemary, eucalyptus), tart cherry, and salt. Smooth balanced tannins with notes of deep, dark black cherry and fresh coffee on the palate. A reasonable 14.5% abv. $29 (sample)

Inky ruby-purple; very extracted. The wine has nice red fruit aromas with a touch of resinous herbs (rosemary, eucalyptus), tart cherry, and salt. Smooth balanced tannins with notes of deep, dark black cherry and fresh coffee on the palate. A reasonable 14.5% abv. $29 (sample)

Jan 4th, 2014
Dan Durand

Excellent

Excellent

May 17th, 2021
Joe Gillies

Lush blackberry aromas. Dense dark fruit, charcoal, and tobacco on the palate. Opened 30 minutes prior to drinking. Exceeded expectations. Purchased on sale for $16.

Lush blackberry aromas. Dense dark fruit, charcoal, and tobacco on the palate. Opened 30 minutes prior to drinking. Exceeded expectations. Purchased on sale for $16.

Mar 29th, 2021
Bryan Rasch

Nice bold

Nice bold

Jan 29th, 2021
Sowmya Balasubramanian

Full bodied and smooth.

Full bodied and smooth.

Oct 6th, 2020