posted on February 28, 2015
George Unti bought his first vineyards in Dry Creek in 1990, and for seven years sold fruit to large producers of "varietal" wines. We first met his son, Mick when he was working, as he says, "on the dark side…" for a huge industrial winery. But we were struck by his personality, and also by the fact that we had common heroes; Paolo De Marchi among them. A few months later we got a call from Mick. He said he'd "chucked the suit," and gone to work with his father as a winemaker. They'd just begun "estate bottling" their fruit, and he was wondering if we'd be interested in tasting samples for Moore Brothers. His wines have been a staple here since 2001, when production got large enough to supply outside markets. Currently, Mick manages the operation which covers 35 acres of vines, some of which are planted to some interesting old French and Italian varieties. Sébastian Pochan, a French ex-patriate joined Mick and George in 2001 and has assumed the primary winemaking responsibilities…but the "soul" of the operation resides in Mick's lively personality.
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