Produced from 92% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah and 3% Viognier using 73% whole cluster and spending about 21 months in French oak (50% new), the 2015 Mourvedre has a deep garnet-purple color and a lovely spice cake, fragrant earth and fallen leaves-scented nose over the core of plum pudding, blackberry tart and black cherry compote, plus touches of anise and coffee. The full-bodied palate is packed with spicy, savory and earthy layers, with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing with lingering pepper and anise notes. This wine was reminiscent to me of Beaucastel’s Hommage a Jacques Perrin and when I mentioned this to winemaker Jim Binns, he smiled and said that was his inspiration. 130 cases were made.
Andremily was started in 2012 with a commitment to crafting artisan Rhone-style wines focusing on distinction in California’s Central Coast. Their cuvees hail from Alta Mesa, Larner, and White Hawk Vineyards where each blend displays the highest quality Syrah, Mourvdre and Viognier through diligent vineyard work, small yields, and meticulous winemaking techniques. Andremily is undoubtedly a rising star in the fine wine industry.
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