Few wine stories are more about the man than the place, the grape, or the vintage. In this case, that man is John Parducci, also known as Mr. Mendocino. There is no Mr. or Ms. Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, or anywhere else. But, there is a Mr. Mendocino and for a good reason.
John began his career as a teenager, traveling with 40 rail cars of the family's grapes to wineries across California during prohibition. He began his 50-year career as a winemaker in 1940 and had an impact on California very few can claim.
John was a champion of Mendocino, and later on, he found a kindred spirit in Barney Fetzer. Together, they were an unmatched dynamic duo who showed the world what Mendocino could produce on the world's wine stage.
When he finally retired in 1994, he left an unmatched legacy that fortunately, the new owners are eager to preserve. Bob Swain became winemaker and had the luxury of learning from one of the best. As a result, Bob is fearless when it comes to trying out new things, and making a varietal Petit Verdot is one of them. Typically, a blending grape, Bob has proven it can stand on its own offering similar but also different flavor profiles than its cousins, Cabernet and Merlot. Its mouthfeel can almost be described as a tang, with an underlying fruit that crosses borders from lasagna to burritos to swordfish picante.