on Jun 24, 2008
Unti Vineyards admits these are young vines, and yes, the wine is named Little Brother. A Chateauneuf de pape blend of Grenache (42%), Mourvedre (10%), and Syrah (52%), Petit Frere needs some growing up to do. As fitting young, newly grafted vines, the resulting wine is not terribly complex. It had a bit too much acidity for this taster's preferences and I didn't find it very "round" as promised on the label. The acidity and off-kilter balance made it seem sharp and rough, like a cheap local barrel French wine. It was not bad per se, I just couldn't help think someone else might have been able to make a better wine out of the same mix. The nose promised more than the taste delivered.The syrah seemed weak and so the grenache dominated-all the better notes came from the grenache profile: baked cherries, rhubarb, licorice. A decent bottle but there are better spanish garnaches and better Aussie GSM's for less money. It smoothed out a little with some time and some food to paired with it, but this never got past being just OK.
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