The Kuljian Vineyard is located off Westside Road in Dry Creek. It sits atop a sandy/loam bench thick with pebbles, rocks and stones. The climate is warm enough to fully ripen Syrah, yet cool enough to produce a wine with structure, elegance and equilibrium. At only 1.5 acres, Kuljian is one of the tiniest vineyards we harvest.
Each year, Kuljian produces concentrated, opulent Syrah. This 2007 is dark, dense and sumptuous. The nose ripe and plum-like, with earth, spice, smoke and leather. Very hedonistic. The palate is full, lush and backed by smooth, well-integrated tannins.
"Slightly more backward is the unfined, unfiltered 2007 Syrah Kuljian Vineyard, which spends 19 months in French oak. It exhibits more tannin along with similar floral, blackberry, and cassis characteristics, beautiful density, and full body. The day I tasted the wine, it was playing it closer to the vest than the Saralee's Syrah. The Kuljian should evolve for 8-10 years.
The Wine Advocate
Upon opening, I knew this was a special bottle. The color and smell on the cork was beautiful, and the color into the glass from the first pour was dark and luxurious. Received this to sample as a wine club offering (though the notice said we were supposed to receive the 06) and was not dissapointed. This was a wonderful yummy bottle of Syrah. A dark, bold wonderful invasion of the senses. Very complex array or smells and tastes that evolved over time. Just sumptious!
Earthy & Spicy
Very complex; Black fruits and smoke on the nose; A little too much heat/alcohol for my taste, but fairly balanced; Richly concentrated palate with a creamy texture, black fruit, pepper, and licorice; Medium-long finish; Overall, well-made. I enjoyed it (it got better towards the end of the bottle), although not my typically favorite style of Syrah, still quite good. Just make sure to open it and let it sit a while.