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Professional Ratings: 91 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Sonoma County, California
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 93506
Approximately 15% of the grapes in Murphy-Goode 2005 Liar's Dice Zinfandel came from the Dry Creek Valley which adds in flavors of spice and black raspberries. The wine was aged 14 months in French and American oak barrels.
"Mouthwatering aromas of perfectly ripe, dark fruits – black
cherries, plums and ripe blackberries – foretell the luscious flavors
of this Zinfandel. On the palate there is an explosion of fruit."
- Winemaker David Ready, Jr.
This is a very adaptable, food-friendly wine; enjoy it with grilled meats, from burgers to steaks, sausage or lamb kebobs.
We fully admit to being unaccustomed to finding anything like "polish" in a wine of this size and ripeness, but both polish and balance are the hallmarks of this deeply filled wine. It leads with intense aromas of blackberries, sweet smoke and cream, and it follows up on that promise with rich, well-composed flavors of emphatic fruit. It is firmed by a nice trim of tannins and shows little in the way of intrusive heat despite its 15.8% alcohol. It is withal a fairly serious wine, and it seems certain to improve for another three to five years.