2012 Andremily Syrah No. 1


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County

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Community Tasting Note

  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 23, 2016 - My first Andremily. I was impressed to a degree, but hardly blown away. Energetic and approachable, with concentrated, glycerined layers of herbal and black fruit flavors, plus a touch of licorice. Impressive lift, but also some heat in the finish. Not opulent to my palate - missing a bit of 'punch.'

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  • Tim Heaton commented:

    9/23/16, 9:27 PM - Note seems highly incongruous with the score. Not sure what to think, but just seems too much. Based on this note, I would avoid this wine at all costs. Am I over-reacting?

  • JonnyG commented:

    9/23/16, 9:41 PM - Hardly overreacting. In fact, I struggled a lot with this tasting note. Should I disregard all the adulation for this scarce and coveted newcomer wine, or also try to convey the notion that while of high-quality, it in my opinion should be classified squarely within the range of other high-quality Syrah from accomplished producers taking fruit from the same, or similar, sources? Irrespective, I would not scored below 92. Looking at my tasting notes history, I have given three California Syrah scores above 93: Sine Qua Non Ode to E, Alban Reva, Donelan and a fairly rare Zach Mesa Bear Block. 92-93 scores were given to quality cuvées from all of the above producers, as well as the liks of Herman Story, Qupe, Piedrasassi and Stolpman. I feel like Andremilly belongs in this latter group, at least on this night thanks very much for the inquiry, and for making me clarify things (at least I hope so!).

  • Tim Heaton commented:

    9/23/16, 10:00 PM - Thanks for taking the time to clarify. Sometimes what we write does not comport with what others hear/read. No justifications necessary, merely unsure.

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