Unti Vineyard's 2007 Benchland Syrah is dark and somewhat brooding, like a radio-friendly Cure song. Within your glass you'll find flavors of grilled plum, anise and cocoa. But it's not as intense as it sounds. Notes of eucalyptus greet you with the very first sip, making this wine, in fact, very approachable. However, I do suggest you let it age a bit, five to seven years at most.
When you do uncork it, be sure to have some Portabella mushrooms on hand.
Unti Vineyards celebrates nature in a very understated way. This Syrah is not only fermented using indigenous yeast, it is also unfiltered and unfined. Which means the wine is vegan! Unti farms according to the natural lunar cycles, emphasizing the relationships between plants, animals and soils without the use of herbicides and pesticides.
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