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Murphys Wine Club

Boyle MacDonald

Welcome to our family owned and personally tended vineyard located on the East slope of the Mt. George Range in Napa, California. This hillside vineyard sits between 630 and 800 feet elevation above Wooden Valley Road.

Facing East-Southeast and with considerable slope, the vineyard benefits from excellent drainage, consistent morning and midday sun throughout the year, and prevailing wind traveling up the Wooden Valley from the Grizzly Bay Basin/Suisun Bay. Canopy management is dictated by the growing season to assure dappling of sunlight for perfect maturation without shrivel.

Its positioning along the Atlas Peak/Mt George ridge line provides shelter from the coastal fog resulting in earlier budbreak, followed by harvest at a reasonable brix.  The result is fruit that ripens evenly without raisining, yielding a commanding yet elegant style.


Kate Boyle MacDonald

Kate was introduced to the culture of wine early in childhood, when her parents Carol and Pat Boyle moved the family to Europe. Weekends found the Boyles' exploring the French and German countryside for vineyards. Through the years, Kate was encouraged to sample wine with dinner, and it was then that she listened to her parents discuss characteristics, flavors, sensations and emotions. It was the emotions the wines would invoke that captivated Kate, along with the recollections of places visited, wine families met, shared cultures and fascinating stories. Kate was not born into a winemaking family, but being part of a family of wine lovers taught her how to appreciate it on many more levels than simply taste.

In 1999 Kate formally began to chase her dream of making her own great wines. Now rooted in Murphys, CA, she and her husband Craig MacDonald, maintain vineyards on the family estate in Napa Valley as well as family vineyards here in the Sierra Foothills. All aspects of farming and production are done by hand with close attention paid to every detail of the winemaking process.

Boyle MacDonald Wines is a reflection of a continued pursuit of composure, and deference to nature. Kate’s focus is to assist the grape in creating a product of true quality, providing an honest farm to bottle experience. She is thrilled to share her own family’s hard work, as so many families have shared with her.

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