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2005 Calaveras County Murgatroyd
Wine Specs
Vintage
2005
Varietal
Kitchen Sink Blend
Barrel Aging
23 months in new and used American & Hungarian Oak
Alcohol %
14.3

2005 Calaveras County Murgatroyd

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Don't Exit! Our animated blend is at a Stage where it is drinkable now, or may be Left for a few years. Either way, it's aromas of raspberries and blackberries, and flavors of currants and nutmeg will Snaggle your Puss any time. Heavens to MURGATROYD!

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
With a name like “Murgatroyd” you might expect this wine to smell and taste like a pink mountain lion. While this wine is as dry and intense as a night in the desert, and its spice and herbal aromas might be the result of a romp in the sagebrush, nothing could be further from the truth. Deep brick red color, bright aromas of plum and blueberry, and full fruit flavors of raspberries, currants and vanilla, are certainly nothing like a pink mountain lion. Then again... why is he pink?
Vineyard Notes
24% Cabernet Sauvignon from Vallecito Vineyards, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tanner Vineyard, 23% Petit Verdot from the Tanner Vineyard, 22% Tempranillo from Rolleri Vineyard, 9% Grenache from the Boeger Vineyard
Food Pairing Notes
Murginade! Marinade tri-tip in Murgatroyd, soy sauce, ginger, honey - anything with a big marinara sauce - stinky cheeses or a nice cigar
Product Reviews
Cathy Gore's Gravatar
Cathy Gore
(Jun 9, 2009 at 6:33 AM)
The 2005 Murgatroyd still could use a little time in the bottle to mellow out, but it's pretty enjoyable right now. Practically pop and pour - it's a little hot right out of the bottle, so let it air in your glass, but it doesn't really require decanting.

The nose has layers of spice and fruit - predominantly fruit at first (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry), but mellowing out later with earthy notes, tar, and tobacco. The flavors across the palate follow from the nose, hitting at the forefront with fruit, with black pepper and other spices hitting the midpalate and finishing with oakiness. The description says there's nutmeg, but I didn't catch that - which is good because nutmeg is a real turnoff for me. As time opens the wine, the finish stretches out, adding on layers of earthiness and chocolate. Tannins come to the party, and the wine takes on a distinctly cabernet-like feel to it. It rounds out nicely, making for a nicely balanced, enjoyable wine.

This was paired with tapas for dinner, including an asada tri-tip roast, which had a good peppery kick to it. The wine held up really well to the spice, so don't be afraid to pepper up your food with this one.

Pairing suggestions: Tapas, Tacos and Taquitos! Manchego cheese, robust beef (ribeye, sirloin, tri-tip).

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