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Andrew Murray Syrah Santa Barbara County Watch Hill Vineyard 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Raw beef and balsamic herbs greet the nose. Slowly this develops very fine herb and tobacco notes with a fine tarragon and cracked pepper top note. On entry this shows excellent balance and ripeness with a leading vein of acid quickly subsumed by ripe black plum and black currant fruit all supported with fuzzy tannins. The mid-palate is broad and dense with subtle violet tones adding some vibrancy to the plummy fruit. The finish sees the fruit perk up in gloriously peppery black splendor. This is a big wine but fairly elegant with a very expressive and balanced core of fresh fruit. The tannins should melt away over the medium term. 91pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Andrew Murray Syrah Santa Barbara County Watch Hill Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,840
4.50 5
01/11/2011

Raw beef and balsamic herbs greet the nose. Slowly this develops very fine herb and tobacco notes with a fine tarragon and cracked pepper top note. On entry this shows excellent balance and ripeness with a leading vein of acid quickly subsumed by ripe black plum and black currant fruit all supported with fuzzy tannins. The mid-palate is broad and dense with subtle violet tones adding some vibrancy to the plummy fruit. The finish sees the fruit perk up in gloriously peppery black splendor. This is a big wine but fairly elegant with a very expressive and balanced core of fresh fruit. The tannins should melt away over the medium term. 91pts


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Snooth User: fthead9
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3.50 5
12/25/2009

Somewhat disappointing after the amazing 2006 Watch Hill Syrah. Still a very nice wine, faint tannins, a hint of pepper.

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  • Snooth User: vinceall
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    3.00 5
    01/15/2011

    Three glasses




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