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Acclaim

General Praise

“Andrew Murray turned out a striking set of 2018s that shows just how compelling this vintage is, especially for Rhone-variety wines. This is an impressive range of wines that offer tremendous pleasure.”
“Santa Barbara” by Antonio Galloni

“Consistently outstanding wines emerge from Andrew Murray, who pulls from sites throughout the Central Coast, most being estate vineyards. Almost all terrific values, Murray's wines generally show fresh, elegant characters while still holding true to California ripe, sunny fruit.”
“The 2018s from Santa Barbara County” by Jeb Dunnuck

“I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted with Andrew Murray this year. The 2016 reds are powerful wines and yet they are also wonderfully nuanced. Above all else though, when I think of these wines what comes to mind is just how delicious and enjoyable they are.”
“Santa Barbara Dreamin'" by Antonio Galloni

“I tasted few wines from Andrew Murray this year than last, which is partly a reflection of Murray’s move to focus his range. At their best, these wines – the Syrahs in particular – deliver compelling quality and value, a balance that is frankly commendable in today’s market.”
“Santa Barbara: The Thrill of Discovery” by Antonio Galloni

“This set of new releases from Andrew Murray Vineyards is full of fabulous choices at all price points.”
Antonio Galloni for The Wine Advocate

“This set of wines from Andrew Murray is remarkable for its breadth of quality and sheer value.” 
Antonio Galloni for The Wine Advocate

“Andrew Murray Vineyards is one of the shining stars in the Santa Barbara firmament. Extremely low yields…and a dedication to hillside vineyards, ripe fruit, and non-interventionalistic wine-making have combined to propel this estate to the top echelon of the Rhone Ranger hierarchy. Production is small,…but these wines are well-worth seeking out.”
Robert Parker for The Wine Advocate

“At a time when many California wines seem to be priced proportionally to their producers’ egos, Andrew Murray’s offerings are a breath of fresh air given their exceptionally high quality and realistic prices – readers take note.”
Robert Parker for The Wine Advocate

“…nor does a good Syrah need to be expensive…you can easily get a very good Syrah in the $40-$50 range, and there are many—… Andrew Murray…—that retail in the $30s and even $20s.
Steve Heimoff for The Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“The Santa Ynez Valley may be known as Pinot Noir country, but forgive us if after this tasting we think of it as Syrah country. Led by risk-taking vineyard owners, such as …Andrew Murray, this region is exploding with potential. Like in the other top Syrah regions of California, there’s a balance of spice and fruit in the wines that’s a result of the climate.”
Joe Czerwinski for The Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“Tastemaker Awards: #1 Santa Barbara Wine Maverick: Santa Barbara is one of California’s hottest wine zones, due, in large part, to extraordinary talents like Andrew Murray of Andrew Murray Vineyards. …makes intense but elegant Syrahs, Grenaches and Viogniers…”
Tastemaker Awards: Kiri Tennenbaum for Food & Wine Magazine

“Such great people and high quality wine for really exceptional values. I’d be really proud to take any of these wines anywhere, but prefer in my glass! … When I think Andrew Murray Vineyards wine, I think Mr. Rhone, Syrah, and value.”
Shawn Burgert for Wandering-Wino.com


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