Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley 2010 Claret, $13.50-$22.50, 85 points, begins in the glass as a dense purple/red with the emphasis on the red, and bordering the glass rim clear.
The aroma is not altogether bad, but there are petrol notes and a rare almost beetle-bug note as well; okay, I know, what the H*ll is a "beetle-bug note"? Well, as a kid I use to collect bugs, and if my memory serves me well, I get a hint of it here; for what it's worth. Yeah, there is some cedar and blackberry too.
The "All-In Claret" has a medium-plus body with good acidity and mild tannin (Very dry wine).
Flavors of black fruit are dominant, but there are hints of violets, licorice, and glycerol which carry onto the finish with a bit of heat (14.5% alcohol).
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