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2006 Murphy Cabernet, Napa Valley

2006 Murphy Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

GOLD MEDAL - 2011 American Fine Wines Competition
Top 100 Cabs of Napa Valley!

Murphy Vineyards was founded in 1995 by Peter Murphy, a man with 40 years of experience in wineries and vineyards.  Peter uses his involvement in vineyard management to source the best grapes Napa has to offer, and puts his degree from UC-Davis in fermentation science to work in the cellar to create fresh, balanced wines that pair beautifully with food.  The wines tend to be a little less full bodied and concentrated than many of the other high end Cabernets coming out of Napa these days, with a focus on elegance and grace over power.

The 2006 Murphy Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby red in color, with a garnet rim. The nose shows classic Cabernet aromas of black cherry, mint and blackberry, which are fresh as opposed to jammy and over-ripe.  The palate opens with cherry and berry flavors, with earthy undertones and a sweet vanilla finish.  Fresh and vibrant with plenty of acidity, this is Old World style Cabernet meant to be consumed with food, and able to pair with a range of dishes.  Because it is made in this more elegant style, the wine should age nicely for 5 or more years, and at just $25 for Napa Cabernet of this quality, you'll want to stocking up on this one.

Production Notes

The vines benefited from a delayed bud break and a warm summer while the fruit was setting and maturing. This created a moderate crop with small, intensely flavored berries. The warmer growing area of Aetna Springs allowed for full maturity at harvest on September 28, 2006. After harvest and fermentation, the wine was racked to barrels consisting of new, 1 year old, and neutral French Oak barrels. As the wine matured, it developed a very complex and flavorful Cabernet character and needed no blending. After about 18 months in the barrel it was bottled on May 5, 2008 as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The total production was 458 cases.

About The Winery...

Murphy Vineyards is dedicated to bringing balanced, high quality, premium wines that are food-friendly and worthy of cellaring. But premium doesn’t mean triple-digit prices for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Peter Murphy founded Murphy Vineyards in 1995 after managing vineyards in the Napa Valley for 20 years. His first vintage was made with a select lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mount Veeder region. The result was two barrels of soft, luscious single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet. There was no turning back for Peter.

Kevin Murphy joined Murphy Vineyards in 2006, but his earliest memories involve farming and winemaking. Kevin helps his father tend the vineyards and select the final blends for the wines. He also manages the business side of the winery.

With the addition of Kevin Murphy, the two have worked together to mold and create the style of Murphy Vineyards. With production larger than the first vintage and now producing more than one varietal, they are able to match their growing talents to the highest form of the winemakers art: Blending. In each bottle you will find complex aromas, solid structure with a long smooth finish. Truly easy drinking wine.

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