When I first noticed this wine in my local Costco club, I read the name and immediately pictured Josh Brolin’s face. You may remember that he played an antagonist in the Revisionist Western Film by the Cohen Brothers, True Grits. I can’t say for sure if the wine and the movie are related, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed both.
This is a “Reserve” Cabernet from Mendocino that has been aged for around one year in oak barrels, 30% of which are new French Oak. A minute amount of Petit Verdot (2%) was added, likely to boost the color of the wine.
On the nose I picked up vanilla, blue fruits, cola, and cedar. The palate was full and rich with baking spice, black cherries, and a subtle hint of black pepper. There was a good balance in the body of sugar to alcohol while the oak tannins were prominent in this younger wine. You can always detect oak tannins when the area under your upper lip feels like sandpaper against your two front teeth (grape tannins are felt more on the back of the tongue). I think that in a few years these tannins will mellow a bit.
This wine is currently a $12.99 super-value in the Costco stores that I have seen it (many stores are currently carrying the ’14 vintage too). Vivino users report an average price of around $20 and the wine is listed at even higher than that when ordered directly from the Parducci Website. While Vivino subscribers give it an average rating of 3.7, Wine Enthusiast designated it a “Cellar Selection” and gave it a score of 91. I give this wine an 89. At this price point, I will definitely be lassoing another bottle before it’s all sold out.
Krunch Rating: 90 points
Costco SKU #: 1029458