Renard Unti Vineyard Grenache 2005

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The single biggest problem with this wine is the mere 100 cases I was able to produce from the two long rows of this cobbly, well- drained site. There is a fair amount of Grenache planted in California, but it is mostly an insipid, high producing clone. Not in this vineyard. In the well thought out Unti vineyard, they made a clonal selection from Beaucastel and Alban. George Unti and his daughter Julie work diligently to produce this low yielding, one cluster per shoot, Grenache vineyard. The aromas are at once as upfront and obvious as Pamela Anderson - full of succulent, ripe strawberries; then as nuanced as Catherine Deneuve, with subtle floral notes and Chinese spices that beckon you back to the glass... or wherever your imagination takes you. Likewise, the palate leads you into two alternate universes: one of full throttle, lush, ripe fruit and bright acidity, the other of tar/tobacco, black pepper and allspice.

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Winery: Unti Vineyards
Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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Unti Vineyards:
Unti Vineyards is a small, 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. The winery, established in 1997, produces small lots of estate grown Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Barbera, Sangiovese, Petite S... Read more
Unti Vineyards is a small, 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. 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. Read less
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Member Reviews for Renard Unti Vineyard Grenache

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Snooth User: mvacca
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3.50 5
04/08/2009

Big, chewy, lots of ripe red fruit. Dried cranberries, strawberry and plenty of spice.


Snooth User: joshua
3207176
5.00 5
10/05/2007

Five glasses



The single biggest problem with this wine is the mere 100 cases I was able to produce from the two long rows of this cobbly, well- drained site. There is a fair amount of Grenache planted in California, but it is mostly an insipid, high producing clone. Not in this vineyard. In the well thought out Unti vineyard, they made a clonal selection from Beaucastel and Alban. George Unti and his daughter Julie work diligently to produce this low yielding, one cluster per shoot, Grenache vineyard. The aromas are at once as upfront and obvious as Pamela Anderson - full of succulent, ripe strawberries; then as nuanced as Catherine Deneuve, with subtle floral notes and Chinese spices that beckon you back to the glass... or wherever your imagination takes you. Likewise, the palate leads you into two alternate universes: one of full throttle, lush, ripe fruit and bright acidity, the other of tar/tobacco, black pepper and allspice.

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