We try to have dinner with the kids a couple of Sundays each month. On this particular Sunday Chris decided to slow cook some ribs in the oven while we ran a bunch of errands. The ribs looked pretty good and I was hoping that they were going to be spicy. Since Nick and Bri are becoming fans of wine I decided I would pull the cork on a Zinfandel from Unti Vineyards.
Our first visit to Unti was last February with our friends Carly and Robert who live out in the valley. Robert had been on a mission to find some new wineries in Sonoma and had done a great job of introducing us to some different places on this trip. Our first stop that day was Unti Vineyards.
We sampled a few different wines and for the most part they all were pretty good.
- 2011 Grenache
- 2010 Sangiovese Reserva
- 2009 Zinfandel
- 2011 Montepulciano
- 2010 Syrah
- 2010 Syrah Benchland
After the tasting was complete, Chris purchased this 2009 Zinfandel and the 2010 Syrah.
Prior to dinner I opened the bottle and poured each of us a glass and just after the first sip, I knew it was going to be a little dry for Nick. Once he sipped it, I could see he did not care for its dryness. I noticed Bri enjoying hers, so after dinner Nick gave Bri his glass! Between Chris and Bri they didn’t have any problem finishing the bottle.
The Zinfandel has a medium color depth with a nice garnet hue and there was no sediment in our glasses.
The aroma was moderate even while swirling my glass and it smelled young and fruity. I noted plum, dark fruit, and it smelled slightly sweet.
The Zinfandel was dry, I expected that from looking at the blending notes. It was medium bodied and the acidity was nice with medium tannins, but it was a bit astringent. The flavor intensity was medium to flavorful. I could taste dark fruit, cocoa and this wine had a soft finish.
10% Petite Sirah
abv: 14.8% (I like a lower percentage Zinfandel).
How much: At the winery we paid $27.00.
In Vino Veritas!