2009 Olson Ogden Syrah Unti Vineyard
"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 and 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." - Tim Olson, Winemaker
"George Unti and his team, led by Vineyard Manager Levi Glen are committed to growing great 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." - Winery
"Olson Ogden Wines is a small, artisan wine company located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. We specialize in small production, handcrafted wines. Our focus is on Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals, with an emphasis on vineyard designated Syrah's. We seek out passionate growers with special vineyards."
"Our primary goal is to produce complex and intense wines that express the terroir and vintage from which they come. Our winemaking philosophy has its roots in traditional methods but is tempered by trial and error and creative innovation. Each wine produced is an expression of the appellation and/or vineyard it comes from. Our wines are usually bottled unfined and unfiltered and will likely contain a natural sediment during their evolution. This results in an authentic and honest wine that is rich and complex and a pleasure to drink." - Winery
This was also rated 87 Points by the Wine Spectator.