Unti Barbera 2013

The longer I live in Sonoma, the longer my list of favorite wineries in Sonoma County grows.  Unti Vineyards easily makes the list and is located on Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg.  They craft well-made wines and throw some pretty fantastic release parties!  Brandon and I attended their last release party and picked up some wine to bring home with us.  Among our stash was a bottle of Unti Barbera that we decided to uncork last week.

Unti Barbera 2013
Unti Barbera 2013

Unti Barbera is inky in color and opens with cherry and floral aromatics.  Although the wine is a bit hefty in alcohol, it is relatively balanced on the palate.  There are bright notes of cherries, plum, and spice surrounded by hints of earth.  Drink young and pair with foods like sausage pizza!  ($30, 14.7% alcohol)

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Harvest Has Begun in Wine Country!

Harvest has officially begun throughout Sonoma and Napa and I am excited to say that we are working on wine project of our own.  I will post more details as the season comes to an end (you can also sign up for McDowell Cellars’ mailing list here), but here are some awesome pictures to enjoy in the meantime!

Early morning in vineyards harvesting Chenin Blanc
Early morning in the vineyards harvesting Chenin Blanc


Brandon foot stomping the Chenin
Brandon foot stomping the Chenin


Working in the winery...when the big press breaks, you have to go old school!
Working in the winery…when the big press breaks, you have to go old school!


Taking a break to celebrate at Whetsone Wine Cellars
Taking a break to celebrate at Whetstone Wine Cellars


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Exploring the Wines of Troon Vineyard

Troon Vineyard sits in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, surrounded by the beauty of the Siskiyou Mountains.  Troon was founded in 1972 and focuses on producing wines that are well-suited for the terroir of Applegate Valley.  With indigenous yeast fermentations and responsible farming practices, the wines of Troon showcase pure fruit and vibrant flavors.

Troon Vineyard Wines

I had the opportunity to taste through several of Troon’s latest releases and was impressed with their creative blends.  They have done a fantastic job of highlighting lesser know varieties and unusual co-ferments.  Here are my tasting notes from a few of the standouts in Troon’s lineup:

Troon Vineyard 2014 Longue Carabine

Troon’s Longue Carabine is my favorite wine from their 2014 lineup.  It is a co-fermented blend of 38.5% Vermentino, 33% Viognier, 27% Marsanne, and 1.5% Roussanne.  The dry wine captivates the palate with tastes of ripe peaches, zesty citrus, nutmeg, and apricots.  There is also a backbone of acidity and lush texture that makes this an excellent wine to pair with shellfish!  (12.5% alcohol, $29)

Troon Vineyard 2014 Vermentino Sauvignon Blanc

This blend of 80% Vermentino and 20% Sauvignon Blanc offers fresh tastes of white peaches, jasmine, orange blossom, limestone, and green apples.  Once again, Troon nails it with zippy acidity and a pleasing texture.  A balanced and refreshing wine easy to enjoy on its own or paired with dishes like seafood and grilled chicken.  (12.5% alcohol, $24)

Troon Vineyard 2013 M*T Reserve 

Troon’s M*T Reserve is a rich and complex blend of Malbec and Tannat from their estate vineyards.  The wine opens with intense aromas of cranberries, dried herbs, and black pepper.  The palate is tannic with rich flavors of blackberries, tobacco, lavender, and leather.  This wine is young so I would suggest decanting or holding for a couple of years.  An excellent pairing with rack of lamb or other savory meats. (13.7% alcohol, $50)

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