Andremily No. 5 2016
Not yet bottled, the 2016 No. 5 is a similar blend and is 91% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre and 3% Viognier that will see just under two years in 70% new French oak. It offers slightly more stem characteristics with a La Mouline-like perfume of bacon fat, pepper, blackberries, earth, and chocolate. Deep, full-bodied, opulent and hedonistic, yet pure, elegant and structured, it's unquestionably another brilliant wine from Jim.
Blended of 91% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 3% Viognier and using 40% whole cluster, the Andremily 2016 No. 5 is sourced from White Hawk, Larner, Harrison-Clarke, Watch Hill and Alta Mesa Vineyards. It spent 22 months in French oak barriques, 60% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the glass with gregarious blackberry preserves, blueberry pie, licorice, raisin cake and tree bark notes plus touches of cracked black pepper and smoked meats. Full-bodied, rich and beautifully textural with firm, velvety tannins, it has loads of spice sparked with black fruit preserves flavors, a lively line and long, plush-coated finish. 710 cases and a few magnums were produced.