2009 Unti Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Grenache

SKU #1089952 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Grenache emerges from the glass with attractive red fruit, flowers, spices and tobacco. It shows good length and balance. With a little more attention to the tannins this could be a substantially more refined wine. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.  (8/ 2011)

K&L Notes

If you're looking for a Southern Rhône-style wine but prefer to drink locally, there's no better source than Unti. Their 2008 Grenache utilizes many of the same vinification techniques as Rhône prorduces, including saignee to intensify color and structure, using whole clusters in fermentation and aging in 620-gallon foudres. The 2009 bottling is 76% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre, and 12% Syrah from the winery's creekside vineyard, which was planted back in 1998. Low yields of superbly concentrated fruit characterize the 2009 vintage, which Unti describes as "near perfect." In the glass this Grenache is intense and fruity, with silky tannins and an open, generous body. Juicy red and black fruits intermingle with smoky spice and hints of herbs for a wine that makes a lovely pairing with grilled meats and veggies. The 2009 is compared to 2007 in terms of fruit concentration, but with softer tannins. This is food-friendly, approachable and ready to drink tonight!

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Varietal:

Grenache

- 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.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

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).