Andremily No. 3 2014
Wine AdvocateWhat could even surpass the sensational 2013, the 2014 No 3 from Jim Binns checks in as a blend of 89% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre and 3% Viognier that saw 54% whole clusters and will see a full 23 months in 60% new French oak. There will be a scant 450 cases of this nectar and it comes from three top sites: Larner Vineyard, White Hawk and Alta Mesa (Mourvedre). Sporting an inky, vibrant purple/blue color, it offers insane levels of purity and focus in its crème de cassis, crushed violets, exotic spice, floral and chocolate-laced aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, layered and impeccably balanced, with tons of minerality and graphite on the finish, this quintessential Cali Syrah will benefit from short term cellaring and knock your socks off over the following decade or more.