Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Fume Blanc 2005 Front Label
Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Fume Blanc 2005 Front Label

Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Fume Blanc 2005

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    Murphy-Goode Winery has been a pioneer in producing Fumé Blanc since 1985. Superior fruit and minimal handling are the keys to their success. Here is a mouthful of refreshing fruit flavors of citrus, nectarines and white peaches, with an aromatic hint of lemongrass. A blending component of 12.2% Sauvignon Musqué adds texture and hints of orange blossom and tangerine.

    Winemaker David Ready Jr. comments, "The 2005 vintage gave us beautiful fruit that deserved full expression. We fermented the wine in both stainless steel (71%) to retain the acidity and bright fruit components and neutral French oak (29%) to add texture and body."

    Murpphy-Gooded Fumé Blanc is an appealing and popular wine with appetizers, salads, grilled chicken or fish. The wine's succulent fruit and good acidity complement fresh seafood and is also just perfect on its own.

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    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.

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    Nearly a northern extension of Napa Valley, Alexander Valley starts just north of the small, Knights Valley, and is just a few minutes drive from the Napa town of Calistoga. It is Sonoma County’s hottest AVA. But the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cooler pockets and its soft, alluvial soil is ideal for grape growing, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, some believe that Alexander Valley Cabernets truly rival the best from Napa Valley and many of the heavy-hitter producers have largely invested here.

    In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and old vine Zinfandel thrive here. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have also been discovered and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

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