2010 Andrew Murray RGB White Blend, Santa Ynez Valley

Andrew Murray RGB White Blend

  The somm says…

This blend is a typical white wine blend found in and around the small villages in the south of France. It’s a food friendly, medium-bodied Roussanne & Grenache Blanc (RGB) blend, which offers versatility—perfect for summer sipping or pair it with your favorite delicate white fish. This is stainless steel fermented, soft, round, clean and fresh with tropical fruit, green apple and melon ending with a slightly zesty lemon-lime finish. I paired this with a sautéed true cod and a roasted garlic aioli—superb! As a side note, this producer has been committed to sustainable farming and green business practices since the 90s. 300 case production. Drink now. ~Pamela Heiligenthal

  The chef says…

This wine is an unusual blend for most American palates. If you do not know the blend, it may come across as a Pinot Gris grown in a warm climate or a Chardonnay that is not exactly all free run juice. If you try not to figure out what it is and just drink it, you will discover the many layers of aromas and flavors that are there to discover if you give them time. Roussanne farmed in the cool climate of Santa Ynez can be a chameleon of a grape and combine that with a bit of Grenache Blanc and it could keep a lot of MW’s I know guessing for hours. The blend is a 50-50 balance that offers up all Roussanne can bring to the table and that is a lot of forwardness while the Grenache Blanc traits of being neutral makes this blend balanced and exciting. Rich floral aromas emanate from the glass as this wine is poured, tart granny smith apple, tropical like aromas mingle with the minerality bring the package together in a deftly balanced manner. Flavors carry the same notes as the aromas and the mid-palate kicks in some texture. This wine sees a little neutral oak dialing back the racy acidity to a level that makes this wine a gem for culinary pairings. Delicate seafood and citrusy sauces work but do not be afraid to kick it up a bit and throw some big flavors at it. Believe me this wine can cleanse a tomato based seafood flavor like it was nothing. In fact it worked well with Chicken Enchilada Verde. You really should try this blend. It will impress as a stand-alone sipper. Or it would fulfill its purpose if you chose it as the wine for your first three courses if you are doing a seven plus course degustation. This wine is one of the few white wines I will say will hold well for a few years to come. So buy a case or two. Its Macdaddy approved. ~Marc Hinton

Rating: Excellent (90) | $25 | 14.5% ABV


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  1. Shawn September 12, 2011 at 8:33 AM - Reply

    Killer juice! I’ve been coveting a cold bottle waiting for the right moment to crack it!

    • enobytes September 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM - Reply

      I’ll be over at 6PM :) Cheers!

  2. Shawn September 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM - Reply

    You bring the scallops, I’ll open ;-)

    • enobytes September 12, 2011 at 10:00 PM - Reply


  3. Tom September 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM - Reply


  4. Shawn September 15, 2011 at 4:37 PM - Reply

    Hey Tom, I want to understand deeper. Is it white wine $25 expensive, or any wine $25 expensive?

    There was a time I would only spend that on red wines and a rare bottle of white. I’d call this a white wine for red wine drinkers…..because there is a lot going on. If you get a chance to hit the tasting room I’d love to hear your thoughts. Cheers!

  5. Michelle Harris September 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM - Reply

    Never had it but this sounds like my kinda white! I’m a huge fan of Roussanne so it sounds like a wine worth seeking out.

    • enobytes September 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM - Reply

      You’ll definitely love it if you like Roussanne Michelle! Enjoy…

  6. Jamal Bester September 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM - Reply

    Nice review!

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