We took some time over the holidays to open several bottles of wine we picked up a couple of years ago in Sonoma. One of the wines opened was a 2009 Syrah from Unti Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley. Unti Vineyards was founded by the Unti family in 1997. Over time, they have come to naturally produce beautiful wines, including a Syrah and Grenache that I really enjoy. 2009 was a great growing season for Unti and their Syrah really reflects these optimal conditions.
100% Syrah. Whole cluster fermentation with native yeasts. Aged in 100% French Oak (30% new) for 14 months. 13.7% alcohol with a retail price of around $25/bottle.
Rich aromas of earth, anise, and dark fruit. The palate is full of intense, dark fruit along with spicy notes of anise. Pure flavors and a smooth, long finish. A very nice example of Dry Creek Valley Syrah.