Friday, April 11, 2008

Murphy-Goode Fume Blanc 2004

Murphy-Goode Fumé Blanc 2004
Origin: Sonoma County, California
Blend: 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Sauvignon Musqué
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Purchase date: April 2008
Purchase price: $8.99

Taste profile from the winemaker: "A mouthful of refreshing fruit flavors – citrus, nectarines and white peaches – with an aromatic hint of lemongrass. A blending component of 6% Sauvignon Musqué adds floral components and rounds the wine’s texture. The wine’s succulent fruit and good acidity complements fresh seafood, particularly shellfish."

ABC Wines review: This sauvignon blanc (made in the California fume fashion with considerable oak fermentation and aging) has soft aromas of stone fruit and citrus. The flavors are surprisingly fresh with gentle oak notes and have a bit of citric-based acidity. The finish is smooth and long-lasting, lacking (in a good way) the woodsy character of other fume blancs from this region. Our score: Above Average.

Winery website: Murphy-Goode Winery. Note: An image of the bottle could not be located. The image above is of the label for this wine superposed on a generic white wine bottle.

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