88 Pts Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Dark red. Spicy cherry and dark berry aromas are deepened by bitter chocolate and espresso. Peppery, sharply focused cherry and blackberry flavors betray a slight bitterness, finishing with a strong cherry skin quality and very good length. I don't find a lot of grenache character, but this is pretty tasty." 88 Points - Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"Our winemaking philosophy is fundamentally simple, and has been informed by twenty years of experience in France, Australia, and California. We genuinely believe that great wine starts at the root of the vine, at the very point where the eventual fruit derives its sustenance. Vineyard selection is therefore of paramount importance in our winemaking process. We want grapes that had to work hard to make it to maturity and that are carefully harvested at just the optimal point in their maturation."
"Weâve been around long enough to not be swayed by fads in an industry that is frequently seduced by the current vogue. Weâre open-minded enough, however, to utilize technological advancements to ensure that the wine we first poured into our bottles, tastes exactly the way we predicted it would taste when you pour it into your glass in your own home. Our winery is a blend of the old and new; the classic and the modern; beautiful French oak barrels and glimmering stainless steel tanks; traditional Burgundian shaped bottles and reliable screwtop closures. Weâre passionate about winemaking, dedicated to the evolution of our techniques, and wise enough to stay the course to produce consistently highly-regarded wines." Winemaker
"Andrew Murray fell in love with the emerging RhÃ´ne varieties, Syrah and Viognier, in the late 1980âs while traveling through Franceâs RhÃ´ne Valley. Leaving his UC Berkeley paleontology studies behind, he pursued his new mistress, Syrah, with an internship in Australia. His three-month tryst evolved into a 15-month romance with the famed Australian Shiraz. Returning to the states, he earned a bachelorâs degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davisâ renowned wine program, then founded his eponymous Santa Ynez winery and vineyard."
"He sought out growers who shared his passion for excellence and who dared to farm their vines to perilously low yields with the most advanced viticultural methods in the industry. This uncompromising winemakerâs lucid philosophy is summarized succinctly in three words: Passion â Evolution â Wisdom; the Passion of an unflagging love affair with RhÃ´ne varieties; the Evolution of winemaking techniques where even the most subtle nuance is divined from each new vintage; and the Wisdom gained with 20 years of winemaking experience."
"Andrewâs focus and dedication to his craft have culminated in what Robert Parker, Jr. calls, ââ¦one of the shining stars in the Santa Barbara firmament.â This perennially youthful perfectionist has been named âTastemaker of the Yearâ by Food and Wine Magazine, as well as, âOne of the most fearsome talents in food and wine.â Still, despite myriad accolades, Andrew remains the same modest, approachable, contemplative man he was when he first embarked to Australia back in 1992. He is eternally committed to vinicultural âKaizenâ â the unrelenting pursuit of continuous improvement." -Winemaker
This wine was also scored 86 Points by the Wine Advocate.