2012 Andrew Murray, Syrah “Tous les Jours” Santa Ynez Valley.
In a world where giant corporations and million case production wines seem to rule the American value segment, it is always great to point out there are great artisan producers making great bargain wines, especially guys like Andrew Murray and his latest Syrah which is a true winner in the budget American wine class. Murray’s Tours les Jours 2012 Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley, near Santa Barbara is a wonderful wine, done in a pure and juicy style, great for anytime quaffing with dark hues, fresh black and blue fruits, hints of spice, mineral and bramble all make for a super tasty wine. This medium weight red starts with tangy blueberry, violets, pomegranate, boysenberry and cassis notes with cracked pepper, roasted fennel, anise, lavender and as juicy as the fruit is there is a nice savory, earthy game note and bright acidity too, this is a well made and lovable Syrah, be sure to check it out.
($16 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive