Andrew Murray 2014 Syrah, Tous Les Jours, Santa Ynez
Robert Parker called Andrew Murray "one of the shining stars" and said "Andrew Murray's offerings are a breath of fresh air". And it's true that his wines stand out among the crowd for the incredible value they offer for the high quality. He focuses on Rhone varietals from the Santa Ynez Valley and has acquired a remarkable array of prime vineyard sources for his wines. This Syrah, his "Tous Le Jour" (Every day in French) is sourced from 5 different small vineyards. The grapes are all hand picked and hand sorted. The lots are fermented separately over a 2-3 week period. The final blend is aged in 100% French oak barrels for 9 months. This 2014 was a Wine Enthusiast Magazine "Editors' Choice". They scored it 92 points saying "Showing incredible depth for such an affordable wine, Andrew Murray does it again with this widely available bottling. The gamey nose shows lamb, rosemary, uncracked peppercorns, light tobacco leaf, soy sauce and a touch of tar. Purple flowers rule the palate, with lavender, violet and blossoming rosemary notes, with thyme and white pepper spicing up boysenberry fruit."