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Murphy-Goode Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Pretty richly fruited on the nose with jammy black berry and cherry aromas framed with wood spice and dried herb notes. Rich and a bit chewy in the mouth, this is a fairly powerful Pinot Noir with attractive dried herb and cola flavors accenting the core of meaty black berry fruit. The mid palate does turn a touch hollow as the wood spice replace the fruit on the transition to the finish which is moderately long and fairly spicy with a nice herbal inner mouth perfume. This lacks a bit of focus perhaps but is a fairly classic north coast Pinot Noir. 86pts

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Murphy-Goode Winery:
At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn’t just a family busness; it’s a family tradition – one that’s endured since its founding in 1985 by friends Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready, and lives on in its current owners, the Jackson family. It’s a tradition based on a shared appreciation of friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor and, of course, a good bottle of wine. Although currently more ... Read more
At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn’t just a family busness; it’s a family tradition – one that’s endured since its founding in 1985 by friends Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready, and lives on in its current owners, the Jackson family. It’s a tradition based on a shared appreciation of friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor and, of course, a good bottle of wine. Although currently more Bordeaux focused, in the early days of Murphy-Goode “a good bottle of wine” meant one of two things: Fumé Blanc or Chardonnay, both made with grapes harvested entirely from Murphy Ranch and Murphy-Goode Vineyard. But as the popularity of their wine grew, so did the need for additional vineyards. The solution? Simply bring more friends into the fold by creating partnerships with local farmers and neighbors who shared the Murphy-Goode vision. In the summer of 2006, one such neighbor, friend and fellow winemaker Jess Jackson, displayed such a strong belief in this vision that he purchased Murphy-Goode. The winery is still very much a family-oriented operation today, with the Murphys retaining their original vineyards and David Ready, Jr., son of one of the original founders, continuing on as Murphy-Goode’s winemaker. Though now, of course, they create more than just Fumé Blanc and Chardonnay. In fact in recent years, as newly planted vineyards have come into production, the winery’s focus has shifted from primarily white wine to distinctive reds – particularly Bordeaux blends produced from grape varieties that excel in the Alexander Valley. And so the tradition continues: friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor and, of course, a good bottle of wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Murphy-Goode Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,785
3.00 5
09/03/2013

Pretty richly fruited on the nose with jammy black berry and cherry aromas framed with wood spice and dried herb notes. Rich and a bit chewy in the mouth, this is a fairly powerful Pinot Noir with attractive dried herb and cola flavors accenting the core of meaty black berry fruit. The mid palate does turn a touch hollow as the wood spice replace the fruit on the transition to the finish which is moderately long and fairly spicy with a nice herbal inner mouth perfume. This lacks a bit of focus perhaps but is a fairly classic north coast Pinot Noir. 86pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,785
4.30 5
09/03/2013

Four and a half glasses



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