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MacLaren Wine

Our Winemaker

STEVE LAW arrived in France, from his native Scotland, to work in the hi-tech world and was immediately immersed in French culture and wine.  He spent 10 years in France and visited all of the wine producing areas. He enjoyed discovering the local cuisines and wines with the Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire Valley, Pinot Noirs from Burgundy, Ros├ęs from Provence, Viogniers from Condrieu and Champagne being the standouts. However, it was in the Northern Rhone that he first discovered Syrah, which became his favorite varietal and the genesis of MacLaren.
His hi-tech career brought him to the sunny shores of northern California and he started exploring the local wine growing regions and wines.
After many visits to the Russian River Valley and adjoining Dry Creek Valley, Michael Talty offered to let him work the 2006 harvest at Talty Winery. The rest, as they say, is history.  In 2007, he moved with his wife Heather to the City of Sonoma and created MacLaren and made his first vintage of Syrah.
Steve is heavily influenced by his knowledge and love of French wines. His winemaking style is unobtrusive, preferring to allow the quality of the fruit show in the wine. He pursues vineyards in the cooler, fog covered locations of the Russian River Valley and Bennett Valley to promote more nuance and layers in the wines. His goal being to showcase elegant, balanced, fruit forward and food friendly wines. Reminiscent of his favorite French appellations.