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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Sep012010

Wine Wednesday: 2007 Unti Vineyards Dry Creek Grenache

You've heard the legend of the 2007 vintage, right? The dry spring, the moderate summer, the extra long hangtime through the fall. The wine pundits couldn't help but wax poetic about the sultry Cabs, the ripe Pinots. But where's the Grenache love? 

Well, we found it. Packed tight inside this bottle of 2007 Unti Dry Creek Valley Grenache ($26.99). Easily one of the best Grenache-dominant wines from California, it's starting to loosen up its petals a bit, but needs air or a little more time to fully bloom. Patience will reward you, kind drinker, with aromas of brambly fruit, white pepper, crushed fennel fronds and sage. On the palate, the fruit bounces like a rubber ball, ricocheting off underlying flavors of tar, bouquet garni and black pepper spice. There's a little sauvage hint from the 10% Mourvedre and extra structure and fruit from the addition of 10% Syrah, neither of which overpower the Grenache fruit or undermine it's juicy acidity. Personally, I'm going to pour a bottle of this in the decanter early on Sunday for my Labor Day weekend barbecue.

If you're not familiar with Unti already, it's a shame. This small, family-owned and operated winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, produces some truly fabulous wines from their property, including this Grenache, as well as Zinfandel, a Rhone-style blend called Petite Frere, a white Rhone blend called Cuvee Blanc and Syrah, among others. Farmed under the watchful eye of George Unti and his son Mick, the wines are crafted with the help of Sebastien Pochan, a winemaker trained in the heart of the Languedoc. They make a powerful trio, and it shows. Their wines just keep getting better.

Leah Greenstein

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