I can’t get enough of Rancho Gordo’s dried heirloom beans. I’ve been putting them into soups, stews, chilis, casseroles and salads for years, but I’m always amazed at how little they need to show off their deep flavors and creamy textures—just a little olive oil and sea salt.
The other night I dressed up a fresh pot of Scarlet Runner beans with sautéed shitake, cremini and oyster mushrooms, and topped that with just a sprinkling of sautéed diced bacon. I needed a bold wine to match this hearty bowl of comfort food, so I reached for a Zinfandel.
It was the Murphy-Goode Zinfandel Sonoma County Liar’s Dice 2006 ($21). Several months had passed since I last tried a bottle, but I recall liking this red for its jammy, ripe fruit flavors. They were still singing. The sweet-tasting fruit flavors and toasty vanilla notes worked really well with the smoky notes of both the bacon and the beans. The wine was plush and vibrant; it not only complemented my meal, but was great on its own for an additional post-meal glass. I rated it 88 points, non-blind.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Murphy-Goode Zinfandel Sonoma County Liar’s Dice 2006 (89, $21).