2014 Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

SKU #1217786 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Showing incredible depth for such an affordable wine, Andrew Murray does it again with this widely available bottling. The gamy nose shows lamb, rosemary, uncracked peppercorns, light tobacco leaf, soy sauce and a touch of tar. Purple flowers rule the palate, with lavender, violet and blossoming rosemary notes, with thyme and white pepper spicing up boysenberry fruit. (MK)  (7/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Syrah Tous les Jours is a total charmer and checks in as 100% Syrah from a bevy of Santa Ynez vineyards (all are within five miles of the winery). Notes of barbecue smoke, plums, licorice and pepper give way to a medium-bodied, juicy, lively, lightly textured beauty that has considerable charm and elegance. Buy a case and drink it over the coming couple of years. Winemaker Andrew Murray continues to deliver a bevy of beautiful wines that offer incredible quality, while not breaking the bank. These latest 2014s are all worth your time and attention. In addition, they're made in reasonable quantities. In short, California needs more wines like these. (JD)  (8/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Lively and zesty, with easygoing fruit, offering notes of raspberry, dark chocolate and smoky pepper. Drink now through 2023. (TF, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

Somewhat quietly over the last 3-4 vintages, the Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah has become one of our best-selling domestic wines. We sold almost 400 cases of the 2013 vintage alone! Andrew has flown under the radar for a long time in the world of domestic Rhône-style producers making workmanlike wines that punch way above their price points. His wines are always varietally correct with great balance, rich flavors and tons of spice--and that is exactly what you get with the new 2014 vintage. (Bryan Brick, K&L) The Wine Advocate praised the producer: "Andrew Murray is on a roll and these latest releases are all superb. All of the wines have distinctive, individual characters and are impeccably made. In addition, they all represent killer values. If you haven't tried the wines from here yet, now is certainly time taste for yourself!" (08/2015)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2016 | Send Email
Somewhat quietly over the last 3-4 vintages one of our best selling Domestic wines has been the Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah, we sold almost 400 cases of the 2013 vintage alone. Andrew has flown under the radar for a long time in the world of Domestic Rhone producers making workman-like wines that punch way above their price points. His wines are always varietally correct with great balance, rich flavors and tons of spice and that is exactly what you get with the new 2014 vintage. With a nose packed with spearmint, pastilles, whole black peppercorns and beef blood this wine gives you more on the nose than most Syrahs twice its price. Plump and ripe on entry this wine rolls around in a big ol’ field of spice as it picks up steam and heads to the darkly hued finish. Concentrated, sun drenched fruit comes out with more aeration but that core of black pepper, cardamom, mace and thyme never leave pulling the wine along effortlessly. At $15 this is easily the best Syrah we have from any region in the store right now!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
This is a rich and juicy Syrah with lots of dark cherry and blackberry fruit accented with soft tannins, a little smoke and a hint of herbal spice. Grilled meat anyone?

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
Ripe black plum, crushed violets, blueberry pie, black berry compote, mocha and a spice infused, lengthy finish. The perfect pairing with grilled tri-tip or smoked sausages. Andrew Murray routinely makes phenomenally delicious and over-performing wines. Come grab a few before they're all gone.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
This full bodied and juicy wine has a lot to offer. There are rich mouth filling dark red fruits that are complemented with the typical meaty undertones of Syrah. Very easy to drink alone, it will go well with meats and barbecue.

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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