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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Murphy-Goode Snake Eyes Zinfandel 2006
Murphy-Goode Snake Eyes Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 107210)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 'Snake Eyes' designation is awarded to our best Zinfandel vineyards of the vintage. The 2006 Vintage with its long cool growing season created rich and powerful Zinfandels in Alexander Valley. We decided to blend the Elaine Maria Vineyard, the 2003 and 2004 Snakes Eyes winner, known for its beautiful rich dark fruit with our old stand-by, the old-vine Ellis Ranch,the 2005 winner, known for its great structure. In addition, a new component to Snake Eyes this year is the Trusendi Ranch which joined the party contributing jammy fruit with great depth. The 2006 Snake Eyes shows red and dark fruits, toasty oak and spice with a round, generous structure. This wine should be cellared for twelve to sixteen months, and under proper storage conditions will continue to develop for four to six years.
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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.