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Do You Have “True Grit”?

February 25, 2011

Want to drink the same wine as Hollywood  stars (or at least Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges)?  According to Wine Spectator, Parducci’s True Grit was poured at the cast screening of the new remake of the classic 1969 Western directed by Henry Hathaway of the same name.

True Grit (both the film and the wine) took on a new audience when the Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel) released a stellar remake this year starring Jeff Bridges in the classic John Wayne role as Rooster Cogburn.  The Academy Award contender stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.  Having seen both the original and the remake, I highly recommend both of the True Grit films–as well as their wine namesake.

Andover Liquors’ most recent wine tasting brought us True Grit, a tough little Petite Sirah from Mendocino County, California. Petite Sirah is considered one of Mendocino County’s heritage grape varieties, and Parducci does it some real justice with this wine.

True Grit borrowed its name from the original John Wayne picture back in the mid 90’s when a publicist tasting at Parducci astutely quipped that the gutsy wine was a real “John Wayne among reds.”

By making wine from locally farmed grapes, recycling 100% of winery waste water, using sustainable farming practices, utilizing 100% renewable green power and employing earth-friendly packaging Parducci has become one of America’s “greenest” winemakers. Locally owned and operated, Parducci was the first carbon neutral winery in the US;  Parducci released the “Green Winegrowing Handbook,” detailing the advantages of organic, sustainable, and biodynamic winemaking.  In 2007 and 2009, Parducci received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

True Grit is one of Parducci’s signature wines and has earned 90+ point scores for the past four vintages.  Intense aromas of ripe fruit, white pepper and vanilla are followed by a rush of fresh blackberry, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel on the palate.  It is a bold and rugged red with persistent tannins and serious integrity…  You don’t mess around with True Grit.

The spirit of the wine and the films are one; I think Wine Spectator said it best: “True Grit’s label bears a line drawing of a pair of boots with spurs and the words ‘indomitable of spirit, enduring and steadfast, rugged and appealing.’ Sounds like the Duke to us,” and the Duke sounds good to me.

 

 

 

 

 

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