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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 2 
ProducerUnti Vineyards (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationPetit Frère
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationDry Creek Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.5 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Mattvino on 4/17/2013 & rated 86 points: Soft fruit. Strawberry, cranberry, cherry. Nothing that exciting (829 views)
 Tasted by haldolugr on 10/28/2011 & rated 87 points: Good fruit, medium body, and a smooth and easy finish. Nothing particularly great but very good overall. (1522 views)
 Tasted by haldolugr on 8/26/2011 & rated 86 points: Great QPR - earthy black fruit - nice flavor in the mouth but the finish was a little rough at times - not sure if it's an acid balance issue - it was inconsistent - but overall still a very good wine. (1569 views)
 Tasted by Joshiemac on 5/3/2011 & rated 88 points: A well-made, easy drinker very much in the cote du rhone style. Nose of strawberry and cherry. Medium-weight across the palate with lots of brambly black fruit. Soft, chewy tannins on the finish. Good structure for a wine of this price point. A little more acidity would have been good, but no complaints. I enjoyed this wine and it paired very well with a pork and veal ragu.

 Tasted by rodsjuice on 4/23/2011 & rated 88 points: Popped and poured. Color on the lighter side of garnet. Nose full of cherries. Palate light to medium-bodied, soft like a Pinot. Smooth easy drinking wine. Great with some smoked Gouda cheese. 5+12+15+6=88 (1896 views)
 Tasted by rentmp3 on 3/10/2011 & rated 88 points: Unti Vineyards (K&L Wine Merchants, San Francisco, CA): On the nose, a nice smokiness, meaty, and a hint of rusty nail. On the palate, black cherry, smoke, nice acidity, good soft tannins, soft mouthfeel, medium length finish. Nice Cote du Rhone style. (1825 views)

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Unti Vineyards

Producer website

Unti Vineyards is a small, no-frills, family-owned and operated winery specializing in red varietal wines with vineyard personality. George and his son Mick believe Dry Creek Valley's climate is ideal for making full-bodied, fruity reds from Zinfandel, Rhone and Italian varietals. In 2004 the Untis began using biodynamic vineyard practices designed to make the vines more self-sustaining and adaptive to their natural environment. The winery, established in 1997, produces small lots of estate grown Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Barbera, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah and a Dry Rose. The winemaking includes artisan methods which enhance and support an ability to make wines with a sense of place. Almost all of the wines, and opinions, are unfiltered.

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


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