2011 Unti, Rose Dry Creek Valley.
This is a dry rose as it is meant to be, and I really like the spicy intensity it delivers along with refreshing zing and bright flavors, it is a Grenache and Mourvedre blend that pays homage to the wines of Provence and Bandol of France. At almost half the price of Domaine Tempier, the Unti scores in the value stakes and it has been released almost a month before the French legend lands here, and it was one of the reasons I grabbed it, ready for a bit of warm weather, though I must admit I love rose year round, especially with Sunday brunches regardless of weather. The 2011 Unti Rose shows sour cherry, plum and watermelon with a tangy touch of strawberry while pepper, earthy loam and minerals play in the background. The Mourvedre gives a heightened intensity and bolder expression to the wine and it should drink great for a year, I do recommend picked up a few bottles while it lasts.
($24 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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