2011 Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

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 *Best Buy!* The 2011 Syrah Tous les Jours is now 100% Santa Ynez Valley AVA and wonderfully smooth and delicious. Both fruit forward and spicy, this Syrah easily beats out other wines at over twice the price.  (6/2013)


 Another fresh, perfumed red, the 2011 Syrah Tous les Jours once again lives up to its name in providing huge everyday value. Violets, spices, licorice and blackberries all come together in the glass. Stylistically, in 2011 the Tous les Jours is a fairly restrained, feminine Syrah, but it all works. The 2011 was made from an assortment of Santa Ynez sites, with a dollop of Paso fruit thrown into the mix, and spent eleven months in French oak barrels. Drinking window: 2013 - 2016 This range of wines from Andrew Murray stands out for so many reasons. Most importantly, the wines are drop-dead gorgeous, but they also remain incredibly reasonably priced considering the quality of what goes into the bottle. Generally, the wines are made with indigenous yeasts and only sulfured after the malolactic fermentations are complete. But those are details. What stands out most is just how site specific the wines are. For the sake of simplicity, I have included all of the Andrew Murray wines here, even though some wines were made partially or entirely from Paso Robles fruit.  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

Rhone specialist Andrew Murray makes this affordable Syrah from Paso Robles and Santa Ynez Valley grapes. Previous vintages of Tous les Jours have been called a "Crozes-Hermitage look-alike." Sourcing several select vineyards, the 2011 bottling is the first vintage to officially be Santa Ynez Valley appelation. The grapes are hand-sorted and some whole clusters are included in the fermentation as well. The wine is then aged in 100% French oak barrels for 11 months. Aromas of black cherry and raspberry with white pepper reverberate on the palate with earthy forest floor and a subtle smokiness. This bottling gives amazing bang for your buck with a genuinely unique expression.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5