Andis Wines is a boutique winery founded in 2010 by Andy Friedlander and Janis Akuna, two entrepreneurs from Hawaii. Located in Amador County in the Sierra foothills, they purchased Andis vineyard with its 35+ year old vines, with the goal to “craft delicious wines with balance, character and complexity”. Currently they dry farm 25 acres of vineyards and have established long-term relationships with small, local growers in both Amador and El Dorado counties to purchase additional grapes. Their dominant belief is that “wine is one of life’s kindest pleasures; while we have an amazing time filling these bottles, it’s our hope that you have an even greater time getting them empty”. The label depicts an original art by Hawaiian artist Kelly Sueda, depicting an “intersection of agriculture, art and imagination that make great wine possible”.
A fantastic expression of a modern California red blend, with intense flavours of black currant and blackberry riding atop an undercurrent of earth and toasted oak elements. Grippy tannins are compelling, whilst smoky black peppercorn and vanilla linger enticingly between each sip. Velvety and well structured with an engaging balance of dark fruit and smoky spices, this is an exuberant glass that will keep you reaching for more.
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah
Produced & Bottled by Andis Wines
$28 [Available at select retailers, I recommend purchasing here from my friends at Winestyr.]
Enjoy now thru 2016
Rated 88 points by Wine Enthusiast
Sample submitted for review purposes.