With 85 years behind it, Parducci Wine Cellars is the longest running winery in Mendocino County. While Parducci makes some high-end products, it also creates a number of “lifestyle” wines under its Mendocino Wine Company label. Here’s a look at two of these groovy, Technicolor releases — ZinPhomaniac and Tie-Dye.
2015 ZinPhomaniac Zinfandel Lodi – The racy label aside, this is initially fairly typical of zin, big with raisin, dried cherry, and some extracted blackberry notes. The finish finds more leather and wood than you often find in zinfandel, along with some notes of dark chocolate and coffee bean. B / $15
2014 Tie-Dye Red Blend North Coast – A blend of 62% syrah, 12% petite sirah, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, and 6% grenache. A burly, smoky wine, that syrah dominating everything with a billy club. Dense and completely opaque, the wine offers notes of smoked meats, bacon, dried plums, and well-seasoned oak, ending on notes of savory meats and charred wood. Try it with a (cheap) steak. B- / $15