Andrew Murray Esperance Estate Grown 2011

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Wine Enthusiast: A soft, easy wine for drinking now. Based on Grenache, it has cherry pie, mocha, red currant and baking spice flavors. Versatile for pairing with a wide range of foods that call for a medium-bodied red. Alcohol 15%. 600 cases produced. (May 2013)

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Andrew Murray Vineyards:
"Handcrafted wines, from hillside vines, planted exclusively to Rhone varieties..." Andrew Murray fell in love with the emerging Rhône varieties, Syrah and Viognier, in the late ’80s while traveling through the Rhône Valley. He took that passion further when he headed out for a short internship in Australia in 1992 to learn more about the famed Australian Shiraz. There he fell so in love wit... Read more
"Handcrafted wines, from hillside vines, planted exclusively to Rhone varieties..." Andrew Murray fell in love with the emerging Rhône varieties, Syrah and Viognier, in the late ’80s while traveling through the Rhône Valley. He took that passion further when he headed out for a short internship in Australia in 1992 to learn more about the famed Australian Shiraz. There he fell so in love with Syrah that he overstayed his planned three months by almost a year. When he returned home, he earned a degree in viticulture and oenology from U.C. D avis and started his eponymous vineyard and winery, working with growers who mirrored his passion for excellence. He found vineyard owners who matched his desire for perfection, and who farmed their vines to ruinously low yields with the most advanced viticultural methods. Andrew’s razor sharp vision can be surmised succinctly in the company motto, “Handcrafted wines from steep hillside vineyards, planted exclusively to Rhône Varieties.” All of the focus, passion, and dedication have paid off. Today, Andrew Murray Vineyards is considered, “One of Santa Barbara’s finest wineries,” by Robert Parker,Jr. and the editors of Food and Wine magazine were in agreement when they named Andrew as the “Tastemaker Of the Year” in 2004. Read less

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Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

GSM blends of course originate in Chateauneuf du Pape. Australian winemakers coined the phrase with much success but here's one from a super Central Coast Rhone Ranger that is an absolutely stunning example. Esperance, which means Hope, is 60% Grenache from the Terra Bella Vineyard in Paso Robles, 25% Syrah from the Watch Hill Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley and 15% Mourvedre from the Brave Oak Vineyard, also in Paso Robles. It's clear that these warm California Central Coast microclimates are ideal for these grape varieties, and Andrew Murray has been proving it for many years. Robert Parker called him "one of the shining stars" and said "Andrew Murray's offerings are a breath of fresh air". Only 600 cases of this 2011 were produced and it shows bold, ripe flavors of black plums, blackberries, cherries, licorice and spices. There's a chewy mouthfeel, supple tannins and a long finish. Murray's hope is to inspire us with Esperance and I think he's done it!



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Wine Enthusiast: A soft, easy wine for drinking now. Based on Grenache, it has cherry pie, mocha, red currant and baking spice flavors. Versatile for pairing with a wide range of foods that call for a medium-bodied red. Alcohol 15%. 600 cases produced. (May 2013)

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