2013 Andrew Murray "Alisos Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah
An addition to the range, 2013 Syrah Alisos Vineyard is built on subtlety and nuance. The flavors lean towards the redder end of the spectrum next to the other wines, which tend to be darker. All the elements meld together effortlessly on the long, beautifully textured finish. The 2013 has so much going for it, not the least of which is its totally alluring personality. Andrew Murray's wines rarely disappoint. This is another set of fleshy, rewarding wines that are sure to find large audience. Murray continues to focus his range, giving increasingly more space to estate wines. Curtis Vineyard, where Murray recently signed a long-term lease, is the newest addition to the collection of sites in this lineup. I also tasted the 2014 Syrah Tous les Jours, but it had just been sulfured and was completely unexpressive.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Inky colored, with young, jammy notes of black raspberry, blackberries, pepper and hints of toast, the inaugural release of the 2013 Syrah Alisos Vineyard is a bonafide fruit bomb that does everything right. Incorporating 2% Viognier, with 30% whole clusters, it was aged 18 months in a scant 5% new French oak, it has full-bodied richness, beautiful purity and notable freshness, all while delivering tons of sweet fruit. Drink this sexy red over the coming 5-6 years. 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!
This is the debut release of this single vineyard Syrah from the famed Alisos Vineyard along Alisos Canyon Road, just around the corner from the winery. It is across the road from Thompson Vineyard and down the road from Watch Hill Vineyard. This neighborhood is definitely a sweet spot for a cooler climate style Syrah. They've employed nearly 30% whole clusters in the fermenters, and a tiny of bit of Viognier as well, just to add to the complexity of this Syrah. This age-worthy beauty certainly tastes delicious now, but it will hold in your cellar for a decade or more...that is if you can wait that long.