Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Syrah 2014 Front Label
Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Syrah 2014 Front Label

Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Syrah 2014

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

I have been attempting to recreate those flavors ever since, but have always come up short...until now. I am crazy proud to release the new and improved Roasted Slope, a blend of co-fermented Syrah and Viognier, all from three vineyard blocks along Alisos Canyon Road. This proprietary red wine picks up right where we left off and even leapfrogs the qualities of the original wines.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A gorgeous effort that's loaded with ripe blackberry, pepper, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality, the 2014 Syrah Roasted Slope Vineyard (92% Syrah and 8% Viognier aged 18 months in 10% new French oak) is medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and pure, with good freshness and ripe tannin. It's beautifully done and will keep for 7-8 years.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
While Cote-Rotie remains the gold standard when producing wines with nearly 100% Syrah and a small percentage of Viognier, many wineries across the globe have become quite adept at making wines that closely resemble this unique northern Rhone Valley model. The 2014 Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope compares quite favorably. This wine is well-balanced, with bright red fruit and white pepper. Pair with rotisserie lamb. (Tasted: June 9, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Andrew Murray Vineyards, California
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Andrew Murray Vineyards is an exciting property that has the potential to produce wines that rival the best from the northern Rhône valley. Andrew Murray, the founder of the eponymous vineyard, is completely committed to growing Rhône varieties and producing wines in the style of Hermitage and Côte Rôtie. His wines are packed with flavor; unfined and unfiltered, these estate-grown wines are destined to become classics. The wines are beautifully packaged, but they have much more than "good looks" going for them. Andrew Murray Vineyards is a 200-acre site located about 1,500 feet above Foxen Canyon Road in the warm, inland portion of the Santa Ynez Valley, making the vineyard the highest in the county. Currently, 34 acres are planted to Syrah, Viognier, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Roussanne in 26 small, steep, carefully situated hillside vineyard blocks.
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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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