2013 Andrew Murray Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Alios Vineyard"
Winery: Andrew Murray
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Alios Vineyard"
Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
Grape blend: Syrah with a bit of Viognier
Region: Santa Barbara County
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 400
KWG Score: 92.6 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: January 29, 2016
Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Syrah from Santa Barbara was well liked by the Tasting Panel. It opens with a pleasant mild black currant bouquet with subtle hints of flint, earth and black licorice. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild black cherry with hints of oak, gentle minerality, anise and blueberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins linger and last for a while. The panel thought this Syrah would be a crowd pleasing quaffer with your friends. They suggested pairing it with homemade meatloaf, coq au vin, or wild mushroom risotto. Enjoy – KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: This is the debut release of this single vineyard Syrah from the famed Alisos Vineyard along Alisos Canyon Road, just around the corner from the winery. It is across the road from Thompson Vineyard and down the road from Watch Hill Vineyard. This neighborhood is definitely a sweet spot for a cooler climate style Syrah. We employed nearly 30% whole clusters in the fermenters and a tiny of bit of Viognier as well just to add to the complexity of this Syrah. This ageworthy beauty certainly tastes delicious now, but it will hold in your cellar for a decade or more...that is if you can wait that long.
Organic status: not organic
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