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Unti Vineyards, Petit Frere 2004

Unti Vineyards, Petit Frere 2004

by Tim Elliott on March 1, 2007

Unti winesUnti Vineyards is the kind of winery I really like. Located in the Dry Creek Valley AVA of Sonoma County, they have a couple vineyards planted with some of my favorite varietals: Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah and Barbara. They also grow Rhone varieties like Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most of their wines are made in the single varietal model but Petit Frere is a Southern Rhone-styled blend. Like a lot of wineries I tend to like a lot, they spend more time making sure the grapes are right in the vineyard and then make their wines in a minimalist style. The result is very pure fruit and nicely complex wines for their price points. Plus they are great people and have the best stems I’ve ever seen in any winery tasting room.

Unti Vineyards, Petit Frere, Dry Creek Valley 2004 ($16) – A blend of 40% Grenache, 37% Mourvedre and 23% Syrah. Purple in color with aromas of blackberry, lilac and licorice. Earthy and bold in the mouth with black cherry and black pepper flavors finishing with medium-firm tannins. It also has nice acidity for food. A very nice pasta wine and good value.

14.5% ABV
Natural cork closure
Score: 86

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  • steve and patty

    We discovered Unti several years ago. We now go twice a year, and make sure to buy all of their latest wines. Good people. Good wine. Try this year’s Rose for a real summer treat.

  • Tim

    Totally agree Patty and Steve. I’ll have to pay a visit to the winery this summer and try that rose. Thanks for the tip!

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