About This Wine
Andrew Murray has made some of the world’s most coveted single-vineyard Syrah wines.
But he also crafts a Syrah for everyday enjoyment. It’s known as “Tous les Jours,” and it typically includes juice from a handful of those single-vineyard wines. “We do not skimp on the winemaking for this wine,” Murray tells us. “I use my experiences with both New World and Old World-style winemaking to make the most drinkable Syrah imaginable.”
And what about the 2008 vintage? “It’s remarkably dark and full-bodied, and yet it has such gentle tannins,” Murray says. “It is truly a pleasure to drink — lots of fruit and spices. No need to wax poetic about this one as it tastes just plain yummy.”
In fact, the word “yummy” appeared on the assessment sheets of no fewer than three of our tasting panel members. If you’ve been looking for an everyday drinking wine that’s a cut above the rest, your search is over.
Very dark, rich, powerful wines with great aging potential (as long as 50 years), yet still can be drunk relatively young. Distinct pepper, spice, cherry and leather flavors, with smooth, supple texture. Embodied in majestic wines from France, Australia and, increasingly, California.
- Grape Composition:Syrah
- Grape Source:Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles Areas of California’s Central Coast Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Blue and Black Fruits, Tar, Smoke and Oak
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionpasta, or a bacon-cheeseburger.
The 2008 Syrah Tous les Jours is a stunning bottle of wine for the money. It is a decidedly flashy, extroverted Syrah loaded with blue and black fruits, licorice and tar, all of which come together in a fat, forward style. Smoke, tar and French oak linger on the finish. This is a superb, entry-level Syrah from Andrew Murray. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
Smoked Duck A La Orange Just in case this year's California wildfires impart a smoky flavor to vintage 2008 wines, here's a recipe that will match up nicely. Otherwise, try this dish - developed by Garre Winery Executive Chef Ty Turner -- with naturally smoky wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir or Syrah. Get The Recipe