2007 MacLaren Syrah Unti Vineyards


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • Caring_Bear wrote: 91 points

    October 19, 2009 - Holding final judgement on this for a few years.
    The very first of the MacClaren Syrah Unti Vineyards. The final product has less to do in nose and taste with Unti and rather lies in the distinct influence of Michael Talty. Ultimately this is a Syrah made by Taltly, if such a thing existed. That's not bad thing, but there are characteristics here that differ this from a typical syrah and that's where the pre-mentioned influence seems to really come in.
    On the nose - Boatloads of leather, considerable amount of lavender, black cherry, another herb?, with some mocha and dark and red berries.
    On the tongue - Starts out almost as if there is a touch of zin in there - practically like some kind of proprietary blend, with a decent amount of red fruit right up front, especially raspberry. Integration is nice even at this point, and then tobacco and mocha.
    I'm truly enjoying this one ad look forward to how it evolves over the next few years. A perfect Syrah for Zin-atics and those looking for a break from the same old style.


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