The Coen brothers' film True Grit, the remake of a mythic Western adventure about vengeance and valor, is big, bold and memorable. So was the wine that Team Daily Sip managed to sneak into the theater and sip during the showing: Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah 2007.
We don't normally look for wines with the same name as cinematic remakes, but this was too perfect an opportunity to pass up. And the wine didn't disappoint (neither did the movie). From Mendocino, this Petite Sirah echoes the movie's rough and ready spirit.
Prior to the release of the movie, Parducci sent the wine to the Coen brothers' studio so that the cast and production crew could taste what True Grit is all about. That led to True Grit becoming the exclusive wine pour for the opening screening at Academy Theater in Beverly Hills. Even Jeff Bridges, star of the film, sent Parducci a note of thanks, saying he enjoyed the wine, too.
The wine has spicy aromas of ripe, black cherries and white pepper that make the mouth start to water. On the palate it has good acid, young tannins, and subtle fruit with a dark, bitter chocolate undertone. This is a delicious wine, but we don't advise sipping it on its own just yet. If you pop it right now, pour it alongside a hearty stew or bone-in rib eye. It could also be enjoyed with a pungent, decadent cheese or even some butter-pecan ice cream. If you can wait, lay down the bottle for what is sure to be a gorgeous treat in a few years.
Normally, this bottle sells for $30, but right now it's on sale for $19.99. Pick up a bottle and sneak it into a theater near you...though we're not sure how you get the rib eye in with you, too.
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