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This 100% Syrah comes from 4 small vineyard blocks planted on our winery estate property in 1998. The clones are 174, 877, 383 and our Shiraz #1 clone planted near Dry Creek. the cool August weather in 2017 allowed us to make a Syrah in the style of a Crozes Hermitage or St. Joseph, meaning it has deep color, blueberry and blackberry fruit, with a hint of pepper and structure from tannin and acidity. It is an excellent example of how you can make compelling Syrah when you limit the yields in the vineyard. Don't let the expressive fruit fool you, this wine will age well for many years (4 to 7). Unfined and unfiltered.
470 cases produced.
20th Vintage Release Offer through end of February
2017 marks our 20th vintage making Zinfandel from our estate. This 2017 Zin embodies how much we have learned over the years. It comes from our Primitivo-clone vineyard planted next to the winery in 1998. Vine age, combined with our crop-thinning regimen renders a deep and structured Zin. Additionally, we blend Petite Sirah for body and structure, while we use Barbera to add freshness from acidity. I'm really proud of this wine and how far we have come since 1997.
80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera
1,094 cases produced.
20th Vintage Release Offer through end of February
This Southern Rhône-style wine is 79% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 6% Mourvedre The primary component of this blend comes from a 2.9 acre block, planted in 1998 to three selections of Grenache Noir, using budwood originally obtained from Tablas Creek and Alban Vineyards. These selections, originally from Châteauneuf-du-Pape give darker color and better structure than the majority of Grenache planted in California.
The 2016 growing season provided extra hang time for the fruit, thanks to a cooler-than-normal August. The vintage, combined with our aggressive crop-thinning regimen produced a Grenache that is dark, with intense aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, blackberry, tar, licorice, pepper and dried herbs (enough with the descriptors!). Our 2016 Grenache has plenty of body and structure to age at least 4 to 6 additional years.
650 cases produced.
We planted Barbera in 1998, and now have 4 total acres in production, all from our winery property. Our selective approach in the vineyard combined with a great growing season resulted in a wine that resembles high-end Barbera from Asti. This wine jumps out of the glass with juicy dark berry fruit. On the palate it is energetic with driving acidity and silky tannin.
548 cases produced
Please note: This wine may have a small amount of harmless sediment in the bottle.
We have been tweaking the blend of this "Baby Super-Tuscan" for several years. 2017 was an exceptionally strong vintage for Sangiovese, partly due to our strict crop thinning regimen. The depth and concentration of our Sangiovese allowed us to blend a higher amount of Montepulciano (adding mid-palate and structure) without losing the Chianti-like nature of this wine. All of which results in our most full-bodied and Italian-like (great acidity) Segromigno to date - one that will age nicely over the next 3 to 5 years. Time to visit Macelleria Gastronomia Faleschi in San Miniato!
72% Sangiovese, 28% Montepulciano.
525 cases produced.
We harvested our ’18 Fiano on September 18th, but in years past we may have picked it a week earlier. Once Fiano gets in the ripe zone sugars can really accelerate. So we have opted to err on the early side of ripeness in 2016 and 2017. The cool 2018 August and early September gave us some room to get cute, and let the Fiano hang on the vine an extra week without risking excessive sugar levels.
The result is our most complete version of this Campania white. Intense fruit, honey and almonds highlight this textured white. The body of this Fiano makes it one of my favorite food wines.
193 cases produced.
Grenache Blanc provides body and texture, Vermentino offers expressive floral aromas and bright fruit and Picpoul brings a zingy lemon component. Being native to the Mediterranean all three grapes retain great levels of natural acidity upon ripeness. I have always liked this blend more than any of the individual components, and this 2018 really confirms my belief. It combines complexity, texture and minerality in the format of fresh and fruity wine. The 2018 vintage shows up big time, meaning it has a bit more concentrated fruit and acidity.
40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Vermentino, 20% Picpoul.
137 cases produced.
Dry Creek Valley has a Mediterranean climate similar to Southern France and Spain where Grenache Blanc is commonly grown. We harvest our Grenache Blanc at moderate sugars to acheive a more mineral-driven version that we prefer over the opulent style of Grenache Blanc that is more prevalent in California, especially on the Central Coast. This wine was fermented and aged in concrete tanks which preserved bright aromas of green apple, lemon oil, and wet stone. It is crisp and textured on the palate with high natural acidity.
Vineyard block source - Grenache Blanc winery property, planted in 2004 and 2016.
A Rosé is NOT still a classic Rosé when made from just any grape variety. For us, Southern French Rosé, which is made from Grenache and Mourvedre reigns supreme. We have only made rosé from our estate Grenache and Mourvedre since 2002. Our 2018 Rosé really shows the bright intense fruit and spice of Grenache combined with the body and texture of Mourvedre. If you are a fan of Bandol wines, and want to try a California version, this is your gig.
90% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre.
1,580 cases produced.
100% Vermentino from our original planting in 2004 and a couple of small vineyard blocks grafted in 2010 and 2016. When we planted Vermentino in 2004 we had no idea it would perform so well in Dry Creek Valley. Expressive floral, appley fruit with great minerality and energy from acidity. Fermented and aged in stainless steel and concrete. Love this wine.
Vineyard block source - Winery property planted in 2004, 2010, and 2016.
Across the varietal board the 2016 vintage produced fuller bodied wines with more depth and structure than in 2015. This is especially noticeable in our top southern Rhone Blend, Cuvée Foudre.
Cuvee Foudre is our way of living vicariously through our wines. When deciding on the CF blend, winemaker Jason Valenti and I always start discussing Gigondas or Chateauneuf Du Pape. Hell, my tasting notes probably come straight from reading Hugh Johnson, or Jancis Robinson’s description of Chateauneuf Du Pape.
Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah were meant to be together-like John Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. The grapes are similar in that they can show pepper and tar, but each has a unique fruit profile and different levels of tannin. Grenache has raspberry fruit with lighter color and tannin, while Mourvedre and Syrah are darker and more tannic.
The 2016 CF is a bit more like our 2012 in that it is full-bodied with firm tannins. Our Grenache in 2016 is more structured than in 2015. I think what strikes us about this wine is its complexity and similarity to good southern Rhone wines. It will be very interesting to see this wine progress over the next 6 to 10 years.
38% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, 29% Syrah.
254 cases produced.
93 points Wine Spectator
Vineyard block source - Benchland Syrah, original block planted in 1991. Spectacular vintage for this vineyard. Intense blackberry and cassis fruit in a richly textured wine that will age very well over the next 5 to 8 years minimum. Could it be better than the 2007? You decide.
Our late harvest Muscat comes from a tiny section of vines near our Vermentino and Fiano. The wine is made in the style of a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise- meaning it was fortified with brandy and aged in stainless steel drums. A great afternoon dessert wine.
98 cases produced.
Harvested Oct. 11th
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A 1.5L Magnum of our 2016 Grenache
1.5 Liter Magnum.
Vineyard block source - Benchland Syrah, original block planted in 1991. Spectacular vintage for this vineyard. Intense blackberry and cassis fruit in a richly textured wine that will age very well over the next 5 to 8 years minimum. Could it be better than the 2007? You decide. If there is one Unti wine you purchase in magnum, this is it.
A hand-bottled 1.5L Magnum of our 2018 Rosé. This item ships separately in a custom shipping box.
90% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre