Newsletter 47 Summer 2014

2013 CUVÉE BLANC   2013 FIANO   2012 SEGROMIGNO

Wouldn’t it be nice to get the newsletter // Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long To get a few new wines from Unti Vineyards  // By the time it comes they might be gone

ITALIAN SUMMER

I know.  I’m a little slow getting these #*@%*# newsletters out.  It seems like something always distracts me. Little things, like getting married to a guacamole queen, or my older daughter graduating high school, or having both of my daughters play a jazz concert opening for legendary bassist Ron Carter. I’m looking forward to some normalcy in my life, where we go to Santa Cruz to see Jackie Greene and Eric Lindell with my cousins. We are calling this newsletter Italian Summer, featuring our 2013 Cuvée Blanc (Vermentino blend), 2013 Fiano and 2012 Segromigno. It is your chance to live vicariously through our wines. So, pop the cork, fire up the wood burning pizza-oven, and put on the music of The Sunny Boys, a group who calls themselves the Italian Beach Boys cover band—on vinyl of course. Hey honey, is that that Positano or Ischia?  

2013 CUVÉE BLANC — “You didn’t even call me by my name”

This is CB 7 (our seventh vintage of making Cuvée Blanc), and apparently the wine is so good, we are sticking with the schlocky name. After working with Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul for 7 vintages, we are convinced the blend is better than any separate part. Grenache Blanc has texture with intense apple aromas and flavors; Vermentino is floral and Picpoul is the wine world’s version of dry lemonade.  Grown in Dry Creek Valley all of these wines have a mineral flavor aspect, and vibrant acidity. The combination of the fruit and floral aromas with crisp acidity, defines the wine’s personality, as it is grown in our vineyards. This 2013 has a bit more richness than our 2012, yet the wine retains the spine of acidity making it ideal with our favorite food, Raw Oysters (Flowers of the Sea) pristinely shucked at the Salt Water Oyster Depot in Inverness. The wine is already a bit more forward at this stage than the ’12 was at this time last year. Perfect Summer wine!

44 % VERMENTINO  40% GRENACHE BLANC   16% PICPOUL 490 CASES PRODUCED   $25/BTL   $20 /BTL WHEN PART OF A MIXED CASE PURCHASE

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2013  FIANO

In the words of Ian D’ Agata, author of a fantastic new book called Native Wine Grapes of Italy, “I think Fiano may well be Italy’s greatest native white wine grape.” He is not wrong. Fiano is a small-berried golden grape that produces a wine with both rich texture and firm acidity.  The wine has richness and texture even though it was not fermented or aged in oak. I love that. In 2013, our Fiano ripened faster than we expected, which is evident in this wine’s   honey and pear flavors. We felt it need a little firming up, so we blended  25% Vermentino for added freshness and acidity. Time for some Amalfi seafood!

75 % FIANO  25% VERMENTINO 160 CASES PRODUCED   $25/BTL   $20 /BTL WHEN PART OF A MIXED CASE PURCHASE

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2012  SEGROMIGNO

 

Might as well get used to hearing accolades describing the 2012 vintage, and how we really can’t come up with any specific explanation for it, other than it was a nice moderate growing season, where nothing went wrong- a stark contrast to 2011. All of our Sangiovese lots in 2012 were dark, fruity and fairly full-bodied.  And our 2012 Montepulciano is, as Miles Davis would have described, simply the baddest wine we’ve ever made from this variety. (Miles would have included a few choice modifiers we can’t repeat here) This means the 2012 Segromigno is a serious version of an unpretentious Sangiovese-based wine.  It is definitely my favorite vintage for this Italian-style blend, worthy of aging at least 2 to 5 years.

76 % SANGIOVESE  24% MONTEPULCIANO 1,145 CASES PRODUCED   $28/BTL  $22.40/BTL WHEN PART OF A MIXED CASE PURCHASE

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