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Unti 2009 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley


Name of wine: Unti 2009 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

(84% Zinfandel/10% Petit Syrah/6%Barbera, Dry Creek Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 14.8%

Grown, produced and bottled by Unti Vineyards, Healdsburg, California 1275 cases

Price paid:  $26 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Wines only need to be 75% of any 1 varietal in the US to be labelled as such.  This one is labelled “Zinfandel”, but it tastes more like an interesting red blend.  The Petit Syrah and Barbera add to the complexity here.  I recommend aeration or decanting to soften the edges a bit right now.  Tasted October 2, 2012.

Color:  Day-bright garnet, looks to be filtered

Nose:  Big berry fruit nose.  Floral perfume.  Has a high note with dried blueberries on the back end.

Palate:  Firm tannins.  It is the consistency of skim milk.  Off-dry fruit.  Medium alcohol.  Medium finish.  Medium complexity.

Food:  Pair this one with a hard cheese.  Something French or Italian?  Pair this with food that can stand up to the acidity in this wine as well.

Winemaker notes:

From the Unti Vineyards website.:

VARIETAL & VINEYARD:  This Zinfandel comes primarily from our Primitivo-clone vineyard, planted next to the winery.

Vintage/Harvest:  2009 is one of, if not the best Zinfandel vintages we have ever experienced in Dry Creek. In 2009, we had warm and dry weather in late winter and spring, followed by a cooler than normal summer. All of which resulted in moderate canopy growth and a balanced fruit set, with smaller berries and clusters.  If we could order Zin weather, this would be it.

The Dry Creek Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, California.  This is serious zinfandel country and has about 9000 acres planted.

Have you visited Dry Creek Valley?  Great zins here.

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Ramey 2010 Chardonnay Russian River Valley


Name of wine:
 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2010

(100% Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California) Alcohol 14.5%

Price paid:  $20 (375 ml)

Where purchased:  D and M Wine and Liquor Co., San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  A nice, smooth chardonnay.  This red wine lover would choose this chard as a white wine option.  The oak character does become more pronounced as you sip this one.  A little bit of fizziness dances on the tip of the tongue.  Ramey’s got legs too!  Tasted August 19th, 2012.

Color:  Pale gold straw.

Nose:  Floral.  No butter and some oak detected.

Palate:  Soft with some acidity.  Creamy mouth feel and a long finish.  Low minerality.  Medium alcol.  Some citrus notes.

Food:  Enjoy with parchment salmon, sharp cheeses, and artichokes.

Winemaker notes:

David Ramey is known as a pioneer in California winemaking. He brings old world traditions to the West coast.

From the Ramey website:

“David Ramey is widely acknowledged to be among the wine pioneers whose efforts helped raise the bar for all American winemakers and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world. David’s groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation yielded a new California style that was richer, more lush and silky smooth than previously known. As a result, he created a benchmark style now emulated by many.

“Ramey Wine Cellars, which David owns with his wife, Carla, was founded in 1996. Currently, David continues to “swing for the fences,” as he likes to say. To make great wines, he takes chances, harvesting his grapes at the last possible moment and using methods in the cellar that his former college professors consider risky at best. The resulting wines are praised among colleagues, consumers and the media alike.”

 

The Russian River Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, California.  This cool climate growing region gets morning fog from the Pacific Ocean as well.  Some of the West Coast’s best Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s come from here.

When you drink white wine do you choose a chardonnay?  If so, which one??

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com