Parducci Wine Cellars True Grit Petite Sirah 2004, Mendocino County California 


My Rating 90 Points.   

Price $40.
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim. Doesn’t show any aging.

Fruity nose of blackberries, figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet raspberries, smoke, chocolates, mocha, earth, wood, licorice, peppercorn, spices, leather, cloves, cinnamon and spice box.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, graphite, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with aggressive tannins and tart cranberries.

This 13 year old, Californian Petite Sirah, is a bit unbalanced but already enjoyable even by itself. Needs a few years in the bottle to calm down a bit. It has enough acidity and tannins to take it further in the aging process.

Big, bold and harsh with a tight mouthfeel and angular tannins. Spicy with nice complexity and very enjoyable. Not for the faint of heart, though. This is a teeth staining unfiltered red wine from Mendocino County. 5 hours in the decanter did not get it to calm down much.

This bottle had a trace of oxidation on the nose, but it did not ruin the experience.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

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