2016 Andrew Murray Vineyards Syrah Roasted Slope

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Country: USA-California
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
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"Bottled just a few weeks ago, the 2016 Roasted Slope is a dense, powerful wine. Blood orange, red plum, cherry and mint are some of the many notes that flesh out in this bold, super-delicious Syrah from Andrew Murray. The 7% Viognier adds attractive aromatic top notes to round things out. The 2016 packs a serious punch, that much is obvious, but it also needs time to unwind. Even so, it is a positively stellar wine. Even just the few weeks that passed between my two tastings of the 2016 were enough to show that it is a fabulous wine. Roasted Slope is a barrel selection taken from Watch Hill and Alisos." (VM)

"The Syrah-dominated 2016 Syrah Roasted Slope incorporates a whopping 8% Viognier and was raised in 20% new French oak. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a ripe, sexy wine that has loads of black raspberry and currant fruits, bacon fat, and olive tapenade aromas and flavors, medium to full body, a rounded, silky texture, and ripe tannin. It's a beautiful, layered, elegant wine that can be drunk today with pleasure or cellared for a decade." (JD)

Winery Notes:
25+ years ago, when I began the AMV journey, Viognier was my muse. It was a vineyard nursery’s mistake that sent me down the Syrah path. That original vineyard block that we established, simply known as block 17, was planted as Viognier and cared for as Viognier for the first 3 years of its life. It was not until its first fall with grapes hanging heavy on the vine did we notice a few clusters turning red. At first I was in denial, thinking that we had planted a few Syrah vines among the Viognier. I was soon to find out, that we actually had clearly planted mostly Syrah with just a few Viognier vines. Rather than pout about it, we decided to begin to co-ferment the two grapes together, just like they do in the famed Northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie. I decided to name this new wine Roasted Slope (a direct and literal translation of Côte Rôtie). Our fans and critics alike fell in love with this wine, and it was always our most sought after wine each vintage. We have not produced this wine since 2005, the year that we sold our old vineyard. I have been attempting to recreate those flavors ever since, but have always come up short...until now. I am crazy proud to release the new and improved Roasted Slope, a blend of co-fermented Syrah and Viognier, all from three vineyard blocks along Alisos Canyon Road. This proprietary red wine picks up right where we left off and even leap frogs the qualities of the original wines. We sincerely hope that you love this new wine as much as we do!