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 travelled to all of the wine producing areas to discover the local cuisines and wines. It was on one of these excursions to the Northern Rhone that he first discovered and fell in love with Syrah. His other favorites were the Sauvignon Blancs in the Loire Valley, Pinot Noirs in Burgundy, Rosés in Provence, and of course, Condrieu and Champagne.
His hi-tech career brought him to the sunny shores of California and he started exploring Californian wines and wine growing regions.
After many visits to the Russian River Valley and adjoining Dry Creek Valley, in 2006, Michael Talty offered to let him work a 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 to make his first vintage of Syrah.
Steve’s winemaking style is heavily influenced by his love of French wines. This determines his selection of vineyards, which he finds in cooler fog covered locations of the Russian River Valley and Bennett Valley. It also results in his pursuit of elegant, balanced, food friendly wines.