The 2019 No. 8 is a blend of 88% Syrah, 9% Mourvèdre and 3% Viognier, made with 45% whole clusters. Fruit comes from several vineyards including White Hawk, Larner, Harrison-Clarke and Alta Mesa. It was matured for 22 months in 65% new French barriques and 35% used barriques. Opaque ruby-purple in color, it is bursting with pure scents of blueberry liqueur, black cherry jam, aniseed, coffee beans and soaring violet perfume. The full-bodied palate is powerful, with a firm frame of rounded tannins, gentle bursts of fresh acidity and a very long, very fragrant finish. This structured yet elegant Syrah offers loads of latent accents that hint at further development in bottle, and this will be very long-lived in the cellar. 840 cases and a few magnums were made.
The 2019 Andremily No. 8 is mostly Syrah with touches of Mourvèdre and Viognier. Blackberry jam, cloves, sweet spices, new oak, licorice and menthol all build as this potent wine opens in the glass. Dense and opulent to the core, the No. 8 is a real head-turner. Time in the glass brings out pretty aromatic notes to balance things out. There's tons of fruit, but terrific energy too.