The following list represents our “wow-wine” roundup! Some wines are of such small production; reviews do not even exist. But, trust us, they are amazing! Click on the wine to purchase them now at our on-line wine store – Murphyswinestore.com.
2018 Château des Annibals, Suivez-moi Jeune Homme, Coteaux Varois en Provence, Rosé
90 Wine Enthusiast
This estate, whose name recalls the Carthaginian general Hannibal who marched this way, has produced a balanced wine. Its richness and generous red-berry flavors contrast easily with the fresh acidity and crisp texture. The result is a ripe and also brightly fruity wine. Drink now.
2018 Domaine de Chateaumar Rosé, Cotes du Rhone
Vineyard’s motto, “Wine is the intellectual element of the meal!” will make you rethink rose! Striking notes of raspberries and strawberries creates a red wine drinkers rose!
2016 Lang & Reed, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, Chenin Blanc
The 2016 Chenin Blanc features notes of Golden Delicious apples, fresh pears and honeysuckle with a touch of nutmeg. Medium-bodied, bone dry and with a racy acid line cutting through the mouth-filling apple and savory layers, it offers great freshness and understated intensity, finishing on a pepper and spice note.
2016 Jordan, Russian River, Sonoma County, Chardonnay
While Jordan Vineyard & Winery is most known for its consistently high-quality Cabernet Sauvignons—first produced in 1976 and better than ever—the winery’s Chardonnay has quietly gained a loyal following amongst the wine cognoscenti. The 2016 vintage is a top performer. This attractive wine is luxurious and frisky on the palate. Its aromas and flavors of ripe apples, creamy oak, and the bright citrus peel should make it an excellent dining partner with clams and linguine
2016 Smith and Hook Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California
90 Wine Enthusiast
Always one of the more compelling bottlings for the price each year, this vintage shows deep plum, black cherry, and vanilla on the welcoming nose. The mouthfeel is impressively thick and the firm texture quite gravelly, carrying flavors of black fruit, roast beef, and black pepper. Editors’ Choice.
2013 Steele Canyon, “50 Harvests,” Proprietary Red
The 2013 Proprietary Red 50 Harvests is a nice, attractive, straightforward fruity wine with a dark ruby/purple color, blackberry and blueberry fruit and nice spice, and it’s well-made and correct. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
2015 Heritage School Creekside Vineyard, Calistoga, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon as quite a serious, classically styled nose of cassis, warm plums and cedar chest with suggestions of pencil lead, bay leaves, lavender, and violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers great purity and plenty of exuberant black and blue fruit layers with a plush yet firm frame and fantastic freshness on the finish.