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Andrew Murray Vineyards Espérance 2008

by Nannette Eaton on July 21, 2011

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” — Dalai Lama 

bottle shot of Andrew Murray Vineyards Espérance 2008

Find hope in a bottle. Andrew Murray Vineyards Espérance 2008 is a wine to drink if you’ve lost hope, don’t despair, it will restore lost faith. Espérance is the French word for hope. And nothing is lost in translation here. This wine is a Rhône blend, in the trade it’s refered to as a “GSM” for the grapes used, grenache, syrah and mourvedre. The flavors are hyptonic, dark cherry and blackberries with a pronounced spiceiness. The tannins are well-intergated and it’s a beautifully crafted wine. The perfect pairing is Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce. The music match is “Hope for the Hopeless” from A Fine Frenzy from the album One Cell in the Sea. Find hope with Andrew Murray’s Espérance.

The details: 14.8% alcohol. Screw cap closure. Appellation: Central Coast (grenache noir from Terra Bealla Vineyard, Paso Robles; syrah from Watch Hill, Santa Ynez Valley, mourvedre from Brave Oak Vineyard, Paso Robles.) Varietials: 60% grenache noir, syrah 25%, mourvedre 15%. The suggested retail is $30 USD. Available directly from Andrew Murray Vineyards. This was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.