Murphy's Atlanta Wine Shop News

Serious Wine, Serious Value!

Murphy's Wine Shop - Friday, May 10, 2013

The Finca Villacreces "Pruno" is a fantastic value year after year, but the 2010 is a very serious wine for a seriously low price.  This Tempranillo/Cabernet blend from vineyards adjacent to the famous Vega Sicilia in Ribera Del Duero, Spain, received 94 Points from critic Robert Parker where he exclaimed:

"Wow! . . . Normally, one would expect to pay $75 to $150 for a wine
that tastes like this, but this beauty can be yours for $20 or less!
Moreover, it will keep for a decade."  - Robert Parker -

This wine is in stock (as of May 10, 2013) here at Murphy's Wine Shop, and if you put together a case the price is under $20/bottle!  Don't miss this one.

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2010

Bottle Price: $21.99/bottle 
Case Price: ​$18.79/bottle!
Solid 12 Bottle Case: $225.48 + tax

90% Tempranillo 
10% Cabernet Sauvignon 
D.O. Ribera del Duero

94 Points Robert Parker

Estate vineyards from younger vines located adjacent to the famous Vega Sicilia 
2296 foot elevation

12 Months French Oak

Here's the 94 Point Review from Robert Parker:
"Wow! From a vineyard adjacent to Spain’s greatest as well as most expensive red wine, Vega Sicilia, this 2,500-case cuvee made for Eric Solomon is spectacular. Full-bodied with an opaque purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of charcoal, wood smoke, creme de cassis and blackberries intermixed with hints of acacia flowers and licorice, this stunning, multidimensional 2010 is loaded. Its texture, richness, complexity, purity and length result in a wine that considerably over-delivers. Normally, one would expect to pay $75 to $150 for a wine that tastes like this, but this beauty can be yours for $20 or less! Moreover, it will keep for a decade."

Decant this one!

Great new by-the-glass JC Cellars The Impostor - great price!

Murphy's Wine Shop - Friday, September 21, 2012

We’re slowly unveiling our new Fall Wine List here at Murphy’s, and this new addition is quickly becoming a guest and staff favorite!  We are proud to offer JC Cellars “The Impostor” 2009 at a great, special case price.  You Orin Swift Prisoner fans may have a new favorite wine!

JC Cellars The Impostor 2009 - California
Normal Bottle Price:  $36.99/bottle
*Special Reduced Case Price: $29.91/bottle!! 

(This wine sells many places for $40!)

Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier.

From winemaker Jeff Cohn, who is known for working intense, rich wines from Rhone varietal and Zinfandel.  This wine blows away the more common “Smoke and Mirrors,” and offers a hedonistic, rich, dense experience that actually manages to work well with food despite its power.

Here is the Wine Spectator 91 Point Review:
“Exotic and altogether distinctive, with aromas of smoky black cherry and Asian spice that lead to rich, lush flavors of huckleberry and date bread. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Drink now through 2017.”

Notes From The Winery

Tasting Notes:  Opaque black purple color with aromas of grilled meats, blackberries, raspberries and touches of black cherries with wisps of Herbs de Provence and  roasted coffee.  Full bodied and concentrated.  Blackberry and raspberry jam ooze from this wine. But then all the wild side starts to show, with Asian spices, smoke meats, cedar and fruit leather finish. 

Pair With:  This is one of those wines that goes with everything from plain roasted chicken, cassoulet au confit, or roasted venison to a great slice of pizza, a bowl of Pasta with a savory tomato sauce, or my favorite is a great rare hamburger with all the fixins.  The perfect wine for all the time.   

Drink now or age 5 to 10 years.

“Once again this wine takes on another personality. In the past it has seen its influence of the Northern Rhône, Southern Rhône, and Spain. This time we are feeling much like a love child, of Chateauneuf du Pape and California.” 
- Jeff Cohn

If you’re a fan of Orin Swift’s Prisoner, or other rich, dense reds from California, you will LOVE this wine!  A few cases currently in stock.

Email me to reserve yours!



Spain's Next Cult Wine From Pingus's Peter Sisseck 95 Points - Quinta Sardonia 2009 - also a great Toro Value under $20!

Murphy's Wine Shop - Thursday, March 22, 2012

Greetings from Murphy's Wine Shop,

I just had the wonderful opportunity to meet importer Eric Solomon, and taste through his portfolio in Chicago last week.  While the wines are still fresh in my mind, and honestly still stained to my finger, I wanted to offer a pair of amazing Spanish wines that are already here in the state and ready to go!

Quinta Sardonia 2009
(Spain’s next cult wine from Pingus’s Peter Sisseck)
Bottle Price: $51.99/bottle
Case Price: $44.44/bottle!!

Flor de Vetus Toro 2009
(great, modern entry level Tempranillo from the owners of Finca Villacreces)
Bottle Price: $19.99/bottle
Case Price: $17.06/bottle!!
Solid Case: $204.72+Tax

Just reply back, and let me know how much I can hold for you.  Wines will arrive Friday.

The Details:

First, the Quinta Sardonia was one of probably 3 wines at the tasting that really, really moved me. Located on the outskirts of Ribero del Duero, just past Vega Sicilia, this biodynamic project from Pingus’s Peter Sisseck blends international grape varietals with the native Tinto Fino (Tempranillo).  Peter created this project to pay homage to both Bordeaux and native varietals inside a vineyard he could create and plant himself.

51% Tinto Fino, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon,  6% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 5% Petite Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec

Here is the (92-95 Point) review from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

“The 2009 Quinta Sardonia, tasted from a barrel sample, is purple/black in color with an enticing bouquet of smoke, game, lightly roasted herbs, blackberry, and blueberry. Supple, ripe, and sweetly-fruited, this lengthy offering should reach its peak 2016 and drink well through 2029 . . . It is already being proclaimed by some as Spain’s next cult wine . . . (92-95 Points)”

Just an amazing wine, and considering the cult status of Peter Sisseck and Pingus, this is very reasonably priced.  I can’t imagine this will be available for very long.

Quinta Sardonia 2009
(Spain’s next cult wine from Pingus’s Peter Sisseck)
Bottle Price: $51.99/bottle
Case Price: $44.44/bottle!!


Next, the Flor de Vetus Toro is a beautiful entry level Tempranillo from Vetus – a new project from the owners of Finca Villacreces (You may remember my Pruno email from last year).

100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)
Aged 10 months in New French and American Oak
This is a superb value, rich and modern in style, and very approachable.  Reminds me of some other well-scored Toros that have skyrocketed in price in the last few years.  A great buy!

Here is the 90+ Point review from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

“This is the first release of the entry level offering, the 2009 Flor de Vetus made from 100% Tinta de Toro. Deep purple in color, it offers up a mildly brooding bouquet with hints of tar, chocolate, espresso, spice box, and assorted black fruits. Dense on the palate with layers of fruit, this plush, savory effort will evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now.”

Flor de Vetus Toro 2009
(great, modern entry level Tempranillo from the owners of Finca Villacreces)
Bottle Price: $19.99/bottle
Case Price: $17.06/bottle!!
Solid Case: $204.72+Tax

Please let me know if I can hold these for you!
Cheers, and thanks for being a friend of Murphy’s Wine Shop in Atlanta

Michael Kunz
Wine Consultant
Murphy's Wine Shop
977 Virginia Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA  30306