Based out of Ventura California, Andremily Wines was set up by Jim Binns, formerly – and for twelve years - the cellar master at Sine Qua Non, and his wife Rachel in 2012 and produces a number of artisanal bottlings from Rhone varieties with a particular focus on Syrah and Syrah based blends. Andremily works with vineyard sites that they feel most faithfully reflect what California Syrah has to offer. The name Andremily derives from the names of their children – Andrew and Emily.
The 2019 EABA shows the cooler elegant style of the vintage yet still has classic Jim Binns texture and opulence. Black cherries kirsch liqueur roasted herbs sandalwood and hints of white pepper define the bouquet and it's medium to full-bodied with a pure elegant mouthfeel and a gorgeous finish. This cooler-climate perfumed complex satisfying Syrah blend will evolve for 15-20 years if well stored. The blend is 61% Syrah 24% Mourvèdre 13% Grenache and the rest Viognier that saw 65% stems and 22 months in 55% new barrels. This was another brilliant lineup from Jim Binns. The 2019s here are easily the finest I?ve ever tasted and the 2020s don?t appear to be far behind although they bring a touch more oomph compared to the powerful yet elegant 2019s.jd
The 2019 EABA ("end all be all") is a blend of 61% Syrah 24% Mourvèdre 13% Grenache and 2% Viognier and was made with 65% whole clusters. Fruit comes from several vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties including Bien Nacido White Hawk Larner Harrison-Clarke G2 and Alta Mesa. It was matured for about 22 months in 55% new French barriques and 600-liter demi-muids and 45% used French barriques and it was bottled on August 21 2021. Opaque ruby-purple in color it offers beautiful pure scents of licorice tar blueberry and black cherry jam charcuterie pepper olive and fried savory herbs offering up more nuances as it spends time in the glass. Medium-bodied it has abundant super-fine tannins seamless acidity and slowly expanding spicy flavor layers finishing very long and alluringly floral. Its notable length detail and latency suggest this will continue to improve in bottle over the next 5-7 years and will be long lived in the cellar. About 795 cases and a few magnums were made. It will be packaged and sold as a three-bottle set ($330) and each magnum will be sold in a box set with the 2019 Andremily Grenache.