Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2007
Our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is anchored by one of our most prestigious vineyards, Val Peline’s Terra A Lago. Terra A Lago’s meticulously farmed vineyard is in the foothills of the Alexander Valley at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain range and contributes massive tannins and dark fruit. We also sourced Cabernet Sauvignon from Mountain Vineyards in the Alexander Valley, which contributes to the wine’s structure. The addition of Petit Verdot gives this wine its depth and Malbec adds a hint of soft blueberry fruit. It’s a wine that packs a punch, exhibiting flavors of blackberry, black cherry, vanilla and thyme with an oak profile of vanilla and toasted nuts. Its soft, rich tannins make it a very approachable wine that is ready to drink now but equally suitable for hanging onto for years.
I have really been shopping around for wines under 20 bucks. This is definitely one of the best so far. Very good color. Great Nose. Full bodied. Rich in fruit and great flavor. Bold. Beats many wines up to $30. The next wine I have in the next price range is BV Rutherford Cab $21. But for anything less than $21 I haven't tasted one better. GL trying to beat this one.
I have to have both aroma and taste to provide a high rating. This wine meets both my criteria and I think its a great drinking wine which is very smooth. My initial reaction to the tasting was really fruity with both blackberry and cherries. If you also like pinot noir’s I think you will like this wine because of its fruity notes. The taste is both crisp and refreshing.
I really can't add much to the above reviews... A definite bargain for the under $20 cab crowd. Luv it!
After letting the wine breathe for about 30 minutes after aeration, as the alcohol was over powering the fruit aromas, it was delightful in the cherry and blackberry flavors. Swirling it around my tongue also brought out the almond taste. The oakiness stayed on the middle of the tongue and finished off with a black liquorish taste, which I find a bit harsh. Compared to my regular monthly case wine buy of Rutherford Ranch Cabernet, I find it not as smooth, maybe a bit darker, not as luscious in it's fruit, however a decent buy when it was on sale for $9.99. Rutherford is at $14.99 and Murphy Goode is the same price when it is not on sale.
I was surprised by fruitiness of this wine. As others have mentioned, it is rife with cherries and blackberries, and my first reaction - after letting it breathe a bit - was that it drank a lot like a Pinot. While nothing spectacular, this would be a great everyday drinking wine.
Three and a half glasses