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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

Copain 2011 Rose Wine “Tous Ensemble” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


Name of wine: Copain 2011 Rose Wine “Tous Ensemble” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

(100% Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 13.2%

Produced and botled by Copain Wines, Healdsburg, California

Price paid:  $23 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Copain Winery, Healdsburg, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  This bottle was a wonderful gift from friends that took us wine tasting in Sonoma recently!  Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  This was tasted on Day 1 of a classic San Francisco 3-day 80 degree heatwave during Indian Summer.  Classic!  I’ll take it.  A refreshing rose. Tasted September 30th, 2012.

Color:  Cantaloupe orange color.  Light and clear.

Nose:  An earthy minerality with black olive essence.

Palate:  Firm tannins, tight, and slightly oily mouthfeel.  Light acidity.  Citrus notes.  A medium finish.  Strawberry hard candy – tart without the sweetness.

Food:  You could absolutely enjoy this one with friends on its own.

Winemaker notes:

From the Copain Wines website.:

About the winemaker

Wells Guthrie discovered early on that his taste in wine gravitated toward Europe in general and France’s Rhône Valley in particular. So much so, he picked up and moved with his new bride to the region to learn from the best. For two years, Wells apprenticed for esteemed winemaker and living legend Michel Chapoutier in France’s Rhone Valley. During that time, Wells was deeply inspired by the traditions and practices of French winemaking, not to mention the European attitude that wine is an essential part of life. At Copain, he creates wines that are firmly rooted in California, yet with the sensibilities of the European wines that so moved him. He is as committed to crafting these elegant, nuanced wines as he is to building a legacy that will be passed down to his daughters in the great tradition of European winemakers whose estates have been in the same family for generations.

The Anderson Valley AVA is located in Mendocino County, California.  The vineyards ae located about 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and known for their Pinots and sparkling wines..

Anderson Valley pinots are not to be missed!  Which Anderson Valley wines have you tried so far?

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

Sean Thackrey Orion 2010 California Native Wine Rossi Vineyard St Helena


Name of wine: Sean Thackrey Orion 2010 California Native Wine Rossi Vineyard St Helena

(Rhone-style field blend, St. Helena AVA, California) Alcohol 15.2%

Sean Thackrey, Bolinas, California

Price paid:  $90 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  This bottle is truly sublime.  Like no other wine that I have ever tasted before.  The fruit gets bigger with each sip.  One jammy mouthful after another.  Think Châteauneuf-du-Pape California-style.  A Rhone-style field blend  11 Varietals planted in the Rossi Vineyard. Tasted September 29th, 2012.

Color:  Medium clear.  The color of aubergine.

Nose:  Moderate nose.  Needs time to open up.  Please give this one some time!  Earthy chalk.  Woody. With a high note.

Palate:  Dry with some fruit.  Tannic with 15.2% alcohol.  Wonderfully chalky and unfiltered.  A noseful of quince.

Food:  This was my choice for this year’s birthday bottle, so I went BIG!  We paired it with our famous prime rib pot roast with organic vegetables.  Deee-vine!  Yes, you read that right.  Prime.Rib.Pot.Roast.

Winemaker notes:

From Sean Thackrey’s Wikipedia entry.:

Thackrey’s flagship wine is Orion (Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard St. Helena California Native Red Wine), produced from 1986-1990 using Syrah grapes from Arthur Schmidt’s old vine vineyard near Yountville until this was bought by Clarke Swanson,[7] and since 1992 from the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Rossi vineyard in St. Helena, planted in 1905. Thackrey is uncertain what grape varieties are in the field blend, as UC Davis researchers have attempted a vineyard test without certain conclusions.[5]

The St. Helena AVA is located in the northern end of Napa Valley.  It is thought that 11 different varietals have been planted in the Rossi Vineyard since 1905.  The vineyard is thought to be dominated by Syrah that was once planted in CôteRôtie.

Have you tried any Châteauneuf-du-Pape?  You must check this one out soon as it is extremely limited each year.

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