Region: Santa Barbara County, California
Varietals: 60 percent Grenache, 25 percent Syrah and 15 percent Mourvedre
Alcohol: 15 percent
Tasting Notes: Andrew Murray graduated from the U.C. Davis wine program, and soon after founded his eponymous vineyard. He is considered to be one of the most impressive talents in the wine industry, and an important part of the burgeoning Santa Barbara viticulture scene. The 2012 Espérance is a blend of 60 percent Grenache, 25 percent Syrah and 15 percent Mourvedre. The Syrah that Murray chose for blending was bigger than in years past, and therefore created a deeper and more intense wine. It is round on the palate with strong flavors of black cherry and blueberry that mix well with the creamy vanilla and cinnamon produced by the French Oak the wine was aged in. It is a well-balanced wine that can be enjoyed to its fullest on the porch during a warm summer evening.
Food Pairings: Rack of lamb, rabbit, goat cheese pizza
For more information, visit Andrew Murray Vineyards official website
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