Unti 2009 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

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.

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