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One of the Very Finest Buys in Pinot from Anywhere! 93 POINTS under $30 case price!

Murphy's Wine Shop - Monday, January 14, 2013

In an oversaturated field of solid American Pinot Noir, it is rather rare for one to rise above the noise so casually - like we knew all along this wine would be amazing, and tasting it just quietly confirmed our instincts.  Approachable, but unexpectedly complex.  Food friendly, but perfect for conversational sipping, contemplative, nerdy, from a winery of deep pedigree, and reasonably priced.  So let’s start off the year with one of my favorite $30 Pinot Noirs I’ve tasted in recent memory, and easily one of the best values in Pinot Noir today:

Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2010
Bottle Price: $34.99/bottle
Case Price:  $29.91/bottle!! 


Universally delicious, this wine strikes some chord with me – like hearing late 50’s Miles Davis for the first time and thinking “ahh, that’s what jazz is.” This is some benchmark for $30-$35 California Pinot Noir that deserves attention. 

Here’s the 93 POINT Review from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“A fabulous introduction to the Domaine/Mount Eden Pinots, the 2010 Pinot Noir is flat-out beautiful in the way it captures the essence of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the house style. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, mint and herbs caress the palate. There is a purity of fruit that is stunning in its beauty. Partial use of whole clusters (20%) gives the wine much of its fragrance, but ultimately the Domaine Eden bottling is all about class. At $35 it represents one of the very finest buys in Pinot Noir from anywhere, including the hallowed vineyards of Burgundy. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.” 
About Mount Eden Winery
Historic wine estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, not too far from Ridge.  Founded in 1945, it is recognized as on of the original “boutique” California wine properties, and has been for years one of the greatest places to look for classically-styled, age-worthy Chardonnay, Pinot, and Cabernet.  In fact, I put their Chardonnay in the running as one of America’s best.  The Domaine Eden wines come from a mountaintop wine estate just a mile from the original estate, and are made in a similar fashion.

Please email me if you would like me to reserve some for you before this spectacular vintage goes away! 

Cheers, Happy New Year, and thanks for being a Friend of Murphy’s!

Michael Kunz
Wine Consultant

Over 20% OFF a gorgeous 91-Point Willamette Valley Pinot Noir under $25 at case price

Murphy's Wine Shop - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We currently have a great deal on one of the best, affordable 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs we’ve tasted so far.  At over 20% off normal price this gets under $25 at case price! Reply back to reserve yours before it runs out.  Small amount in stock now, and there is a dwindling supply at our supplier's warehouse.

The Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Normal Price: $32+
Murphy's Bottle Price: $28.99/bottle
*Case Price:  $24.78/bottle!! *


Sourced from Black Family Estate Dundee Hills AVA, and Doe Ridge Estate Yamhill-Carlton AVA, this Pinot Noir is a triumph from the small, inconsistent 2010 vintage.  The entire Murphy’s Wine Shop team was unanimously enamored with this bottle.  Balanced, beautiful, and a classy 13.3% alcohol.  Darker berries, toasty oak, vanilla, meaty mineral, licorice, and a long, focused finish with enough structure for this to hold up for a few years.  This is a steal for fans of Willamette Pinot Noir to get this quality for under $30.

Here is the Wine Spectator 91 Point Review:
“Lithe and open-textured, framing its delicate currant and plum fruit with hints of lilac and cream, lingering gently on the refined finish. Drink now through 2016.”

For you foodies, here are a couple great recipes from the Four Graces Website to pair with this wine: click here for recipes

Please email me if you are interested in ordering any of this great value Pinot.

Cheers,

Michael Kunz
Wine Consultant
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Murphy's Wine Shop
977 Virginia Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA  30306
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michaelk@murphysvh.com
shop: (404)872-0904
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Bergstrom Wine Dinner with Winemaker Josh Bergstrom at Murphy's Atlanta Restaurant, Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Murphy's Wine Shop - Friday, March 23, 2012

Bergstrom Wines is one of the Willamette Valley’s biggest names, and their Shea Vineyard release is consistently one of their best wines (average Parker score over last 5 vintages is 93.6pts).  This wine perfectly exemplifies Bergstrom’s style of rich, yet balanced and elegant Pinot Noir. Cherries, dark fruits, spice, oak, and toasted herbs are packed inside this dense, yet somehow graceful pinot. 

This delicious wine is also the closer at the upcoming Bergstrom Wine Dinner at Murphy's Restaurant where you can meet the winemaker...

BERGSTROM WINE DINNER
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Featuring Winemaker Josh Bergstrom and 5 Bergstrom wines paired with 5 incredible courses from Chef Ian Winslade.

Get a chance to taste Bergstrom wines with their winemaker! Try the not-often seen Sigrid Chardonnay with an Asian-inspired scallop dish, and the Cumberland Reserve Pinot with a Foie Gras Brulée. There will also be single-vineyard Pinot Noirs served with Lamb and Spinalis steak courses. It’s going to be a great dinner!

$85/person*
6:30pm
*price does not include tax/gratuity
Reservations required, 404.872.0904
Murphy's Atlanta Restaurant
997 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306


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