12 December 2013
Category: Wine Tastings
12 December 2013,
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Steve Mann tastes wines from Andrew Murray and Ancient Peaks

Hi, I’m Steve Mann with S.J. Mann Selections. I’m here at Wines and More West on the Boston Post Road in Milford featuring three of the wines that my good friend, Darius Kadagian, the Director of Wines here, has chosen to bring in. We’ve got three beautiful wines, all from California. Everybody loves wines from California. These wines are from an area that you may not be that familiar with. When we think of California wines we think of Napa, we think of Sonoma. These wines are made down the coast from an area that’s referred to as the Central Coast of California which is a long, 300-mile stretch of land, that runs east and west along the Pacific Ocean.

So we have three wines today. One of them is called E11even Unplugged. I’m going to pour a little bit in the glass. This is a white wine that consists of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Very reminiscent of a blend that you would find the Loire Valley in France. Beautiful, clear, light, straw color. Very aromatic, clean, fresh, doesn’t see a whole lot of oak at all, maybe two or three months, and very clean on the finish. Beautiful with shellfish, sea foods, and things like that. The second one we have is from another property from Paso Robles, California. A little bit further up the coast, about an hour and a half north. This is Ancient Peaks Vineyard. Wine’s made by Mike Sinor, the winemaker. Oddly enough, Mike and I were in the store a couple of days ago here with Darius. He had to fly back to the coast. But we’ve got Mike’s Cabernet with us today. This is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mike puts in some Malbec and a little bit of Merlot in the blend. Beautiful, fresh fruit. Full bodied wine. Not too dry, very aromatic, beautiful color to look at, excellent pairing for beef, some heavier red sauces, things like that, and maybe some hard cheese and even chocolate at the end of the meal. This is a winery that has five different types of soil. Give you an idea of how big the vineyards are, the size of Manhattan. 23 miles long and five miles wide. That’s how big these vineyards are. The third one is called Tous les Jours. Tous les Jours in French means “every day.” And so this is back to Andrew Murray. This is Andrew’s day job. This is what he does for fun. This is the Tous les Jours Syrah. Very, very inky, brooding, dark, very, very full bodied wine. I get a hint of liquorice, black licorice in the nose. Pairs up very well with what you would expect from a spicy wine, spicy, full flavored foods. Something for everybody here today at Wines And More West on the Boston Post Road. Happy to be here promoting our wines. Thanks for coming in and thanks for watching.

So, we have three wines today. The first wine is called E11even Unplugged White wine from Andrew Murray Vineyards in Santa Inez. I'm going to pour a little bit in the glass. This is a white wine that consists of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. This is very reminiscent of a blend that you would find the Loire Valley in France. This wine has a beautiful, clear, light straw color.  This wine is very aromatic, clean, fresh, doesn't see a whole lot of oak at all, maybe two or three months, and very clean on the finish. It pairs beautifully with shellfish, and any seafood dish.

The second one we have is from Ancient Peaks Vineyard in Paso Robles, California. Paso Robles is a little further up the coast, about an hour and a half north of Santa Inez. Ancient Peaks Vineyard has five different types of soil and is about the size of Manhattan - 23 miles long and five miles wide. Mike Sinor is the winemaker there and coincidentally, Mike and I were here in the store just a couple of days ago here with Darius. Mike had to fly back to California but we have Mike's Cabernet here with us today. This is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Malbec and a little bit of Merlot in the blend. This wine has beautiful, fresh fruit and is a full-bodied wine. Not too dry, very aromatic, beautiful color to look at, and makes an excellent pairing for beef, some heavier red sauces, and maybe some hard cheese and even chocolate at the end of the meal.

The third wine is called Tous Les Jours Syrah, also by Andrew Murray. Tous Les Jours means "every day" in French. So, making this Syrah is Andrew Murray's day job, and the making the E11even Unplugged is what he does for fun. This Tous Les Jours Syrah is very, very inky, brooding, dark, and a very full-bodied wine. I get a hint of licorice in the nose. This pairs up very well with what you would expect from a spicy wine, so it goes well with spicy, full-flavored foods.

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