100% Syrah from Paso Robles, California.
SRP of $36 and available for around $31. Sample received courtesy Andrew Murray Vineyards for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
"The Syrah from this vineyard grows on steep, limestone-rich hillsides and arrives at the winery very ripe yet balanced, yielding a deeply colored wine (darkest in the cellar) with distinctive aromas and flavors of blueberries and raspberries. We aged the wine in mostly new French oak, so there is a nice layer of vanilla, clove, and toasty notes as well. This is a very full-bodied wine that will benefit from more aging in the bottle. I suggest that you drink this over the next 3-7 years.
If you've been reading this site for any length of time, you know I'm a huge fan of Andrew Murray Vineyards. To date we've reviewed:
- The Tous Les Jours Syrah: A Simply Stunning Bulk Buy that is now sold out!
- The Watch Hill Syrah: A Truly Worthy Wine For A Saturday Splurge.
- The Esperance: A Big, Rich and Fruity Saturday Splurge. (Review of the new 2009 vintage coming soon.)
- And last Saturday, the Terra Bella Grenache from the same Terra Bella vineyard as today's wine. Another wine that is sold out. (Are you sensing a theme here? Grab these wines fast!)
The 2009 Andrew Murray Vineyards Terra Bella Syrah begins with delicious aromas of dark berries, spice, vanilla and clove. The wine tastes: rich, delicious, scrumptious, silky, luscious...you get the idea. Blackberry, raspberry, beautiful spice and great tannins are just a little bit of what you can expect. The finish is long, dry and fantastic. An exquisite Saturday Splurge.
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