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In 2004 we planted an experimental block of Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, and Vermentino. All three of these varieties are native to the Mediterranean areas of Europe, and as such, tend to retain natural acidity and mineral character in warmer climates. Vermentino is the white of both Sardinia and Liguria in Italy. Grenache Blanc is one of the key components to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc and the white wine from Spain’s Priorat and Terra Alta. We now have almost three acres planted to these varieties.
2017 was another excellent vintage for all of our white grapes, and it really shows in this CB. Vermentino provides fruit and aromas, Grenache Blanc mineral flavors and texture. The notion of a Dry Creek Valley white wine that is suitable with raw oysters still blows my mind. It signals a new style of California white wine, rendering sweet, barrel-fermented Chardonnays passé. We are suckers for high acid, dry, un-oaked white wines. Aren’t you? -MU
If you have ever tasted Brunello di Montalcino wine, you intrinsically know what this wine is all about. Our 2015 Sangiovese is dark and fruity with that classic mix of earth, chocolate and dried herbs we love about our favorite modern-style Brunellos. It has consistently impressed when we’ve tasted with top-flight Brunello wines. While intensely fruity, this wine has solid tannin structure allowing it to age well over 6 to 10 years past the vintage.
2015 is my favorite Segromino to date because it is the closest we have come to making a wine reminiscent of top flight Chianti Classico. It strikes a nice balance of floral and fruity aromas with juicy fruit and spice on the palate. Like most great Chiantis, Segromino is definitely a "go to" wine with a variety of foods. It should age nicely for 3-4 years.
"Barbera epitomizes our winemaking quest here at Unti: To produce wines from noble Mediterranean grapes with expressive aromas, flavors, and solid natural acidity for balance. Barbera is by far the most heavily planted grape in Italy's Piemonte region because it performs well in a variety of sites. We first planted a small block of Barbera in 1998, and now have 6 acres under vine. We've learned that when farmed at moderate to low yields, Barbera can render compelling wines here in Dry Creek Valley. Our 2016 Barbera is quite dark with exotic fruit and snappy acidity. The wine was aged ion French oak barrels, 25% new for 12 months.
725 cases produced
Vermentino is a classic Mediterranean white grape. In Italy, you'll find Vermentino in Liguria, Sardinia, and Tuscany, in France it is grown in Corsica and Provence. Our 2017 Vermentino was harvested early enough to retain bright acidity while in a fragrant, fruity, and expressive wine. We ferment our white wines in concrete and small stainless steel tanks to retain vineyard character.
Only 170 Cases Produced.
"We make Rosé by lightly crushing Grenache and Mourvedre grapes directly to press. In order to make a Provencal-style rosé that is not dark-hued or tannic, we limit skin contact to a few hours. The wine is fermented completely dry, and aged in stainless steel or concrete tanks until bottling. If possible, we prevent the wine from going through malo-lactic fermentation in order to retain bright acidity. In 2017, our Rosé has 35% Mourvedre, which adds to the depth of the wine.
Grenache and Mouvedre have the unique ability to provide body, texture, and complexity while maintaining the style of a crisp, dry rosé, which is why we love Bandol, in southern France."
This Southern Rhône-style wine is 80% Grenache, 14% 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. Our Grenache and Mourvedre are planted at our creekside vineyard block. The Syrah in this blend comes from Northern Rhône clones 174 and 877 located beside the winery. Our vines are planted on low-vigor rootstock to 4’x 6’ spacing.
*note; bottle pictured is not current vintage
Cuvée Foudre is code for us having a kick-ass vintage for Grenache and Mourvedre, having only bottled under this label in 2005 and 2012. The ripe vintage for Mourvedre, combined with a full-bodied vintage of Grenache packs this wine with intense aromas of pepper, raspberry, cherry, blackberry, tar, licorice, and dried herbs (enough with the descriptors!). This is the closest we’ve come to the “Holy Grail” of making a Châteauneuf-du-Pape style wine. It has the endurance to last at least 5 to 7 years, but should really start showing its stuff in 2 years.