Varietal/Style: 50 percent Syrah, 45 percent
Grenache, 5 percent Mourvèdre
Origin: Santa Barbara County, CA
Retail Price: $22
Notes: From the cellar of the man who made
Rhône wine the fashion, this big-bodied blend offers aromas ranging
from squashed blackberries and oak to fresh baked pumpernickel bread.
A fruit-forward wine with a rustic bent, you'll find yourself longing
for Provençal food with every sip. As a matter of fact, with its underlying
tomato jam flavor, and short but distinct finish, we think this might
just be the world's first wine made to marry with ratatouille! (Date
Proprietor of Santa Barbara County's only exclusively Rhône estate,
Andrew Murray is highly regarded throughout the American wine industry
as one of its finest young winemakers. Murray produces his wines
from Syrah, Viognier, Mourvèdre and several other Rhône varietals
grown at elevations of 1,200 to over 1,500 feet—many above the
frost line. The Murray family's Southern French inspiration carries
through from the vineyards to the production facility. The winery
is housed in a French country manor, complete with a Provençal garden,
which was designed and built to echo Murray's passion for the Rhône.
2901 Grand Ave.
City: Los Olivos, CA 95441
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