2009 Olson Ogden Syrah Unti VineyardSyrah / Shiraz from United States
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Wine: "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 st...
- 96 Connoisseurs Guide to Wine
- 92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
- 91 Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
- 90 Wine Enthusiast
96 Connoisseurs Guide to Wine
"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." (07/12)
92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"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 allspice. Shows impressive intensity on the finish, which repeats the violet and spice notes." (05/12)
91 Jeb Dunnuck - 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." (06/12)
90 Wine Enthusiast
"A gorgeous, brooding Syrah from Unti's wonderful Rhone-inspired vineyard. This wine has savory herbs intermingled with flavors of black cherry, leather and espresso - particularly on the finish. An integrated and complex rendering of California Syrah, with smooth tannins and a fullness that doesn’t overwhelm." (08/12)
"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.
96 - Connoisseurs Guide to Wine
92 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
91 - Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
90 - Wine Enthusiast
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry|
|Nose||spice box, cedar and dark fruit|