Today’s wine comes from the Unti family winery in Sonoma County California. Based in the heart of the the Dry Creek Valley, Unti specializes in red wines and some Mediterranean-clone varietals. They take great care with the grapes they grow and their wine benefits greatly from that philosophy. Today’s particular wine is their 2008 Zinfandel. It is mainly Zin with 82% blended with 18% Petite Syrah. This may seem Zinfandel-heavy but this is very smooth. Their tasting notes suggest drinking this within two years to take advantage of the full fruit but in this case the extra time made it smoother.
On the nose the earthy “terroir” comes through along with ripe fruit. On the palate it is smooth and leathery with less jam, as suggested in the notes. It does not take away from it but rather lends to that rich smoothness. This wine has a deep, dark color and continues to open up as the night goes on. It is a Primitivo-clone grape with only 1375 cases produced. They do not have a wine club and it may be difficult to find on the east coast but they do have an online store that offers some discounts.
This wine would compliment a tomato-based meal like a pasta or pizza or something on the grill. And it is certainly delightful to enjoy with a few bites of dark chocolate. Enjoy!