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Murphy-Goode Island Block Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2013

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Thoughts from winemaker, David Ready Jr.: "The Island Block Chardonnay has been one of my favorites since its inception 25 years ago. This has always been what I call a sunset wine, a complex wine that always tastes better as the sun is going down rather than in the heat of the day. Don't worry - I make wines to be enjoyed during that time of day as well. The flavors and complexity of the Island Block Chardonnay remind me of Apple Pie a la mode. The Chardonnay fruit adds the baked apple notes, the malolactic fermentation contributes the butter aromas and creamy texture, and the French Oak adds the aromas and flavors of vanilla, all-spice, and toasted bread. This is my favorite wine to enjoy with bacon-wrapped scallops and grilled fish. Island block is not only a wine, it's a state of mind." 8 months in 100% French Oak barrels, 43% new. 292 cases produced.

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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 Island Block Chardonnay Alexander Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,119
3.50 5
12/17/2014

Slightly hot aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle and peach. More peach and citrus aromas, a hint of bay leaf and cut lemongrass, green apple, vanilla and a long finish of butter and tea leaf.



Thoughts from winemaker, David Ready Jr.: "The Island Block Chardonnay has been one of my favorites since its inception 25 years ago. This has always been what I call a sunset wine, a complex wine that always tastes better as the sun is going down rather than in the heat of the day. Don't worry - I make wines to be enjoyed during that time of day as well. The flavors and complexity of the Island Block Chardonnay remind me of Apple Pie a la mode. The Chardonnay fruit adds the baked apple notes, the malolactic fermentation contributes the butter aromas and creamy texture, and the French Oak adds the aromas and flavors of vanilla, all-spice, and toasted bread. This is my favorite wine to enjoy with bacon-wrapped scallops and grilled fish. Island block is not only a wine, it's a state of mind." 8 months in 100% French Oak barrels, 43% new. 292 cases produced.

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