[EDIT: Check out the review of the latest vintage!]
100% Syrah from the Central Coast of California. The 2008 is a new release available at the SRP of $16 directly from the winery, but previous vintages have been available widely for $14-$15 so I would expect the same as the 2008 becomes widely available.
Sample received courtesy Andrew Murray Vineyards for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
“The 2008 vintage is remarkably dark and full-bodied, and yet it has such gentle tannins. It is truly a pleasure to drink, especially at the price. Lots of fruit and spices here…no need to wax poetic about this one as it tastes just plain yummy.
We feel the wine makes an ideal ‘House Wine’ the wine you open just for the heck of it, or just to pour a single glass, the rest to be enjoyed later. And at this price, why not? However, we do not skimp on the winemaking for this wine. We start with great grapes from Paso Robles and the Santa ynez Valley and use the different climates to create a wine that is both fruity and spicy at the same time. I use my experiences with both new world and old world style winemaking to make the most drinkable Syrah imaginable.
Fresh off reviewing the very nice 2007 Tous Les Jours Syrah, we come now to the new 2008 vintage. And unlike the 2007 this one is 100% Syrah. “Tous les jours” translates from French as “everyday” and Andrew Murray’s intention with this wine is that it be an affordable option for everyday consumption. Not only that, but a wine that can hold up to being consumed over multiple nights. Sounds right up our alley!
The 2008 Andre Murray Vineyards Tours Les Jours Syrah begins with strong, pleasing aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, blueberry, and spice. The wine tastes smooooth with lots of dark berry flavors and has a rich texture that is balanced with pleasing spice. Maybe a bit more full-bodied than the 2007 and even though it is the same alcohol percent (14.5%) it doesn’t show any heat. The 2008 ends with a really fantastic finish. To top it all off, we found the wine to be even better on day 2. Luscious is a great word to describe it.
To borrow a phrase from Sly and The Family Stone, this is definitely a great wine for “Everyday People”. Tous Les Jours indeed!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 8.3
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