Murphy Goode Winery
Murphy Goode has come a long way since it was founded, and has expanded production considerably to the current level of 140,000 annual cases. Initially specializing in white wines, Murphy Goode currently focuses on red varietals, but continues to make Chardonnay and Fume Blanc.
While the winery continues to use estate fruit, they also source grapes from other growers as well. Christina Benz was hired as winemaker in 1987, and David Ready Jr. took over the position in 2001.
The Murphy Goode Fume Blanc is more a matter of melons than the herbaceousness and freshly cut grass that indicates a cooler climate. A small percentage of this wine was aged in small oak barrels. The winery also makes a Reserve version of Fume Blanc as well as “Deuce,” a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and a bit of Sauvignon Musque.
Murphy Goode also makes 2 Cabernet Sauvignons, one labeled Alexander Valley, and a single vineyard Reserve Cab from the elevated “Brenda Block,” of vines. Their Reserve Merlot is also particularly good. It is sourced from Robert Young Vineyards.