2007 Unti Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Grenache

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94 points Wine & Spirits: "If you're braising wild duck or a shoulder of Heritage pork this winter, few wines will serve better than this silky Grenache. Open the bottle long in advance of dinner, as the wine is still youthfully reduced, giving little up front before extending into a long tart cherry and black pepper finish. It develops into a substantial wine, its structure tight, its fruit beautifully toned. Consider the rustic elegance of a fine southern Rhone, then shift your focus to Dry Creek: Mick Unti planted this Grenache in 1998 using budwood from Tablas Creek and Alban, which orginated in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. he draines off a portion of the juice and allows the rest to ferment with indigenous yeast, belnding in a little Syrah and Mourvedre to deepend the color and flavors. Not to be missed." This 2007 might be Unti's best Grenache yet. As you would expect from a Chateauneuf du Pape, this 2007 Grenache has intense aromatics of raspberry, blackberry, tar, pepper, licorice, and dried herbs. Though more fruit forward than the 2005, this Grenache has the stuff to last at least five to seven years, but should really start showing well in two years.

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2010 | Send Email
Unti’s Grenache has to rank amongst the best examples of what can be done with the varietal in California. The 2007 is a very well balanced interpretation that avoids the twin pitfalls of triviality and oddness on the one hand and the tricked-out, super ripe, showstopper syndrome on the other. That it does it without breaking the bank only sweetens the deal. There is dark berry and cherry fruit here, with just a touch of jammy Grenache exubernace, and fine herb and black pepper accents adding intrigue. More voluptuous than the ’06 and more approachable on release than the ’05, this is, as noted elsewhere, probably going to be at its best with a little bit of time to integrate, though the tannins are fine enough that it is enjoyable at present.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).