Starting out with intense, highly concentrated aromas of spices and blackberries that are about as deeply filled as Syrah can get without going over the top, this beautifully balanced, very well-crafted wine shows its true colors once in the mouth and offers up long-lasting flavors that are keenly focused on precise Syrah fruit. Firm without being edgy, and, deserving at least three or four years in the cellar, this incredibly involving wine has all the signs of a bottling that will combine power with sophistication as the years go by.
The Rhone Report - A step up from the ’08 and aged for 17 months in 57% new French oak, the 2009 Olson Ogden Syrah Unti Vineyard is a serious Syrah that boasts a deep purple color to go with rich, yet well defined aromas of bing cherry, candied flowers, graphite, pepper, and an edgy minerality and crushed stone like character that develops over the evening. Overall fresh and elegant, yet with a rock-solid core of fruit, a deft, light texture, and beautifully integrated acidity, this medium-bodied, cool-climate Syrah is certainly impressive now, yet deserves 2-3 years of bottle age, and should shine for upwards of a decade. It is never going to be a blockbuster, yet excels for its purity and balance.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Opaque purple. Sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries and violet, with smoky oak and Indian spice nuances building with air. Stains the palate with intense blackcurrant and mulberry flavors lifted by notes of cracked pepper and spice. Shows impressive intensity on the finish, which repeats the violet and spice notes.
Unti Vineyard -
George Unti and his team, led by Vineyard Manager Levi Glen are committed to growing great wine grapes and
their dedication shows in the quality of wines coming out of this great vineyard. They rely on traditional farming techniques while incorporating the latest technology and innovations. Their experimentation with new clones and high density planting continues to yield impressive results.
After years of farming sustainably, in 2004 the Unti’s began using biodynamic vineyard practices in order to make the vines more self-‐sustaining and adaptive to their natural environment. Having worked with the vineyard since 2001, we have noticed a shift in the wines’ personality. The wines have taken on more minerality and show more depth and range in the core of fruit that defines the wines.
This wine has a wonderful nose of black cherry fruit, new leather, mocha/cocoa, spice and white pepper. A full-‐ bodied yet elegant wine with excellent balance, great structure and firm but mature tannins. There are textured, complex layers of cherry and wild berry fruits with earth & minerals on the palate followed by a long, lingering finish. This wine will show its best in 3 to 7 years but try it when still young over several days and you will see how this wine will blossom with some time in the cellar. Production: 177 cases.