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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Murphy-Goode Liars Dice Zinfandel 2005
Murphy-Goode Liars Dice Zinfandel 2005
(search item no. 93506)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $18.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Approximately 15% of the grapes in Murphy-Goode 2005 Liar's Dice Zinfandel came from the Dry Creek Valley which adds in flavors of spice and black raspberries. The wine was aged 14 months in French and American oak barrels.

"Mouthwatering aromas of perfectly ripe, dark fruits – black cherries, plums and ripe blackberries – foretell the luscious flavors of this Zinfandel. On the palate there is an explosion of fruit."
- Winemaker David Ready, Jr.

This is a very adaptable, food-friendly wine; enjoy it with grilled meats, from burgers to steaks, sausage or lamb kebobs.

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About Murphy-Goode:

Twenty years ago, Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready shared a vision: grow distinctive grapes, produce delicious wine, have fun and make friends in the process. They founded their three-family partnership in 1985 and launched the brand with two wines: estate grown Fumé Blanc and Chardonnay.

In the beginning, only the Murphy family's ranch and the Murphy-Goode Vineyard provided the grapes. Over the years, Murphy-Goode Winery steadily increased production, expanding the winery capacity and augmenting the harvest with fruit from the winery's "grower partners," local farmers and neighbors who shared the Murphy-Goode vision.

Initially the partners custom-crushed their grapes at a neighboring winery; consultant Merry Edwards guided the winemaking. After constructing a modest production facility on Tim Murphy's Alexander Valley ranch in 1987, they hired Winemaker Christina Benz. Chris made fifteen vintages of Murphy-Goode wine before turning the winemaking over to David Ready Jr. in 2001.

In recent years, the winery's focus has shifted from primarily white wine to distinctive red wines, particularly Bordeaux blends. Today, Murphy's three sons oversee the vineyards. Dave Ready's two sons make the wine. With exceptional grapes, inspired winemaking and the guiding values of the founding partners, the Murphy-Goode team is entering a fresh, new era of excellence.