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Andrew Murray White Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Enchante 2004

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The 2004 Enchanté is the fulfillment of a dream to produce a rich, blended wine that rivals and mimics the great white wines of Hermitage (in the Northern Rhone Valley) while retaining our characteristic "estate style". This vision yields a rich, concentrated wine with aromas and flavors of ripe melon, honeysuckle, apricot, and spices. We think the wine strikes a perfect balance between styles - the fruit-forward California style and the elegant-austere French style. Actually, we'd much rather think the wine is just plain delicious, no matter how you choose to describe it. Winemaking Notes: All of our wines are hand-picked and "hand-sorted" in the vineyard with an eye for picking only the best fruit. Then the fruit is gently whole-cluster pressed in our new and extremely gentle Europress, which yields a press-juice that is most often worthy of being blended back with the free-run juice. The nectar is transferred into one of our stainless steel tanks, where it is left to cold-settle overnight or longer. From this point on, the two varieties are treated rather differently. The Roussanne undergoes uninoculated, (native-yeast) fermentation sur-lie in new and 1-2 year old French Oak barriques stored in our cold cellar. Meanwhile, the Marsanne is split in half, with one portion fermenting in stainless steel, the other in neutral French Oak barrels (both without lees). The wines remain untouched (no pumping or stirring) during the maturation process. In addition, the newly fermented wines are kept separate throughout the entire process, allowing us to make the best possible blend. Malolactic fermentation is encouraged in the Roussanne and in a portion of the Marsanne. After approximately 6 months of aging, the blend is assembled, and then transferred back to barriques and tanks for a respectful 2 months during which the newly wedded wines get to know each other and work out any differences. After this time, their differing flavors have come together into a comfortable whole, one which is ready for bottling. "Non-member discount! Non-members can still enjoy a 10% discount on case purchases. Note that the discount won't be shown when you place the order, but will be granted during the processing of your payment and confirmed in your order confirmation email. Or simply place your order directly with us by calling during business hours at 805-686-9604."

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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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Snooth User: drdebs
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3.50 5
11/29/2006

Lovely white Rhone blend. 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne. Melon aromas, with more melon touched with oak on the palate.


External Reviews for Andrew Murray White Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Enchante

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe vintage of the Enchant brings the fulfillment of a dream to produce a rich, blended-wine that rivals and mimics the great white wines of Hermitage, (in the Northern Rhone Valley), while retaining a characteristic Andrew Murray Vineyards "estate style." This vision yields a rich, concentrated wine with aromas and flavors of ripe melon, honeysuckle, apricot, and spices. Wed like to think that the wine strikes a perfect balance between fruit-forward California, and elegant-austere French styles. Actually, wed much rather think that the wine is just plain delicious, no matter how you choose to describe it.



The 2004 Enchanté is the fulfillment of a dream to produce a rich, blended wine that rivals and mimics the great white wines of Hermitage (in the Northern Rhone Valley) while retaining our characteristic "estate style". This vision yields a rich, concentrated wine with aromas and flavors of ripe melon, honeysuckle, apricot, and spices. We think the wine strikes a perfect balance between styles - the fruit-forward California style and the elegant-austere French style. Actually, we'd much rather think the wine is just plain delicious, no matter how you choose to describe it. Winemaking Notes: All of our wines are hand-picked and "hand-sorted" in the vineyard with an eye for picking only the best fruit. Then the fruit is gently whole-cluster pressed in our new and extremely gentle Europress, which yields a press-juice that is most often worthy of being blended back with the free-run juice. The nectar is transferred into one of our stainless steel tanks, where it is left to cold-settle overnight or longer. From this point on, the two varieties are treated rather differently. The Roussanne undergoes uninoculated, (native-yeast) fermentation sur-lie in new and 1-2 year old French Oak barriques stored in our cold cellar. Meanwhile, the Marsanne is split in half, with one portion fermenting in stainless steel, the other in neutral French Oak barrels (both without lees). The wines remain untouched (no pumping or stirring) during the maturation process. In addition, the newly fermented wines are kept separate throughout the entire process, allowing us to make the best possible blend. Malolactic fermentation is encouraged in the Roussanne and in a portion of the Marsanne. After approximately 6 months of aging, the blend is assembled, and then transferred back to barriques and tanks for a respectful 2 months during which the newly wedded wines get to know each other and work out any differences. After this time, their differing flavors have come together into a comfortable whole, one which is ready for bottling. "Non-member discount! Non-members can still enjoy a 10% discount on case purchases. Note that the discount won't be shown when you place the order, but will be granted during the processing of your payment and confirmed in your order confirmation email. Or simply place your order directly with us by calling during business hours at 805-686-9604."

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