Posts Tagged Alexander Valley

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Reserve’ Zinfandel, Alexander Valley

This wine defines one version of the term “big Zin,” as its menthol and licorice root notes overwhelm any fruit impressions on the nose. In the mouth, however, some dark fruit flavors emerge, along with a palate-coating quality that makes it a... Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Opaque purple/black in the glass. Scents of herbs and tobacco infuse the rich core of blackberry, black currant, and cassis aromas and flavors. The black fruit thickens and coats the mouth, while a juicy acidity keeps it fresh and youthful. Silky... Read more

The 2012 Cabs from Murphy-Goode: It’s All Goode — and Ready!

By Bob Johnson When there’s someone with the last name of Goode involved in a winery, or any business, for that matter, all kinds of marketing opportunities present themselves. In the case Sonoma County’s Murphy-Goode Winery —... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Terra A Lago’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

This is a tightly wound wine, so the first aromatic impression comes from the cinnamon, clove and vanilla notes, rather than the fruit. With time in the glass and plenty of swirling, however, enticing impressions of chocolate-dipped cherries and... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

The nose of this wine offers up notes of black cherries, cinnamon, black currants, black licorice, and hints of brown sugar and cloves. In the mouth, there’s ample, plump dark fruit with a sweet edge, and the velvety tannins subside to reveal a... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Single Deck’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

This wine has a powerful, focused, concentrated nose that you’d normally experience only in a $150 Napa Valley Cabernet from a good vintage. Think: assorted red, black and blue fruits, joined by notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, graphite and a... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Minnesota Cuvee’ Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

The “Minnesota” refers to the source of the oak used to make the barrels in which this cuvee was aged — the winemaker’s home state. Clear straw in color, the lightly perfumed wine has forward toast and spice flavors, neatly framing apple... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Island Block’ Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

Clear straw in color, this wine exudes warm butter-kissed apple, joined by impressions of stone fruit, tropical fruit, vanilla and baking spices. Medium-full in the mouth, with the ripe buttered fruit carrying through to the moderately long finish.... Read more

1999 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

More than 14 years after it was made, this iconic Sonoma County dessert wine has taken on a Sauterne-like quality, lighter in the mouth than more recent vintages, kept fresh by its still-present acidity. Nearly identical in color to a sister... Read more

2006 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Brilliant deep amber in hue, this unctuous yet vibrant elixir offers oodles of concentrated, honeyed apricot in the nose, with whiffs of pine forest and orange zest. A crème brulee-like texture coats the mouth, adding a kiss of vanilla to the... Read more