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Wine of the week: Parducci Oregon Pinot Noir 2002

Published September 21, 2005

The sturdy workman on the label could have walked out of a WPA mural or a Thomas Hart Benton painting. That's appropriate for Parducci, one of Mendocino's pioneer Italian family wineries. It was best known for robust zinfandel, petite sirah and old field blends, plus good value in the cabernet-chardonnay standards too.

And, surprise: Supposedly fussy pinot noir comes out beautifully in the Parducci treatment too. The company makes two-star turns with pinot, one from cool corners of their home county and this one from the pinot-proud Willamette Valley of Oregon. The sleek darling of the fashionable shows more spice in work clothes, and at Tuesday night prices. Parducci makes pinot rich, smooth, full of blackberries and tart cherries with smoky hints of cocoa, cinnamon and tea, with a pleasant finish.

This pinot is easy to drink and, at under $10, easy to buy. Set the table with burgers, barbecued chicken or salmon and go Sideways economically.

Availability: $8 to $10, wine stores and supermarkets.

[Last modified September 20, 2005, 10:37:05]

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