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Parducci Sustainable Red 2005

by Nannette Eaton on April 29, 2009

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.”  — Michael Pollan


It was a ruby color with a quiet nose.  The flavors were a melody of fresh berries and black tea.  The finish was short.  It was a very pleasant wine.  It’s not something a hard-core wine aficionado would be raving about, and I don’t now the size of the production, but it does have an industrial wine quality about it.  But in the interest of full disclosure, I had no trouble drinking it, and I polished off an entire bottle with a pepperoni pizza.  This is an easy drinking wine for barbeques, or an everyday wine.  No big deal, just a pleasant sipper, that your guests will enjoy without having to struggle with, allowing them to concentrate on the sparkling conversation.

The alcohol is 13.5%.  Cork closure.  The majority of these grapes were harvested from Mendocino County, with 3% coming from Lake County.  There is a cornucopia of grapes in this blend: Merlot 31%, Cabernet Sauvignon 24%, Syrah 23%, Primitivo 8%, Zinfandel 7%, Petite Sirah 5% and Viogner 2%.  Suggested retail is $11 USD, probably a couple of bucks cheaper from your local retailer.  This was a wine sample from Mendocino Wine Company.

For the ecologically minded, the Parducci Wine Cellars are locally owned and operated in Mendocino County.  They are the first United States carbon neutral winery, and in 2007 were awarded the State of California’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award.  They use sustainable farming practices and are 100% green powered.

The music pairing is “Will it Grow” a farmers lament from Jakob Dylan from the album Seeing Things.