Owner Bayard Fox is producing some of the most exciting Rhone-style wines of California, often in miniscule quantities. We are pleased to present this one barrel production of Unti Vineyard Grenache to our club members.
Early on, Fox was fascinated by the diverse characteristics Rhone varieties display when grown on different sites and developed a keen eye for determining which varieties grow best in disparate sites. After surveying the top estates of the Rhone Valley, Bayard concentrated that eye on the varying landscapes of California.
Bayard found the perfect site for Grenache at the Untis' benchland vineyard in Dry Creek. The Untis began by planting Grenache clones from Alban and Beaucastle as opposed to the insipid, overly productive clones common in most of California. The vineyard lies close to the creek where the soil is rocky and gravelly. The stones absorb the sun's warmth throughout the day and continue to warm the grapes well into the night while retaining the cool night time temperatures in the warm mornings.
Although Unti Grenache consistently produces wines of Chateauneuf-like proportions and intensity, the Untis' claim that 2006 is their best vintage to date for Grenache. Late spring rain pounded the vineyards and caused considerable 'shatter'. The lower crop yields led to increased concentration giving to the darkest Grenache the Untis have ever seen.
The 2006 Renard Unti Vineyard Grenache features upfront aromas of bright strawberry and subtle floral notes. The palate balances lush, bright, full-throttled fruit with ripe and bright acidity, black pepper and allspice.
This Grenache may be enjoyed now or cellared for up to five years. Serve with herb-roasted poultry or grilled meats.