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Andrew Murray Esperance (GSM)

Andrew Murray Wine

Andrew Murray Vineyards Esperance 2011 is a special blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre. The label indicates "Central Coast" as both the Grenache and Mourvedre come from West side Paso Robles, while the Syrah is Santa Ynez Valley. 

The name "esperance" translates from French to English meaning "hope." A few years ago I had the honor of interviewing this legendary and humble winemaker that major wine press put on the "watch list" when he is just 20 about years old. I am pretty sure he can still fly on airplanes without issue, as that is an entirely different list.

While talking with Andrew, he shared the great story of his family eating in a restaurant in France together. They had an epiphany moment together there where they decided to begin to produce wine, in a restaurant named, Esperance.

From that experience derives the name of this wine. There is zero pretension, but simply a family that connected a special time together in one place. It is not just wine, it is the story and experience of a family that makes this wine. 

So the next time you have your family together for a BBQ, crack open a bottle of Hope! This wine is a mere $25 from a winemaker that has a couple decades of having a big wine value reputation. 

The aromatics showed off big fresh raspberry (Grenache driven) fruit with a spice. The palate shared just as much big raspberry with white pepper spice, a dash of blueberry and leather.

Just 600 cases of this wine that employes whole cluster into the fermentation and 20% new French oak and the remaining 1-4 year old barrels.

If you would like to hear more about Andrew Murray, and his story, take a peak of the video interview