"Murrieta's Well was originally founded in 1883 with vineyard cuttings from Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux. During the same era, a gravity-flow winery was built into the hillside adjacent to the property’s artesian well, which was the famous location in the mid 19th century where villagers would gather with whom one considered Livermore's 'Robin Hood', Joaquin Murrieta (hence the name of the winery). In 1990, Philip Wente and Sergio Traverso realized a lifelong dream to revive the historic 92-acre estate. With a deeply rooted history, unsurpassed terroir and a rich winemaking heritage, Murrieta’s Well was reestablished."
Kovas and I were happy to be invited to the virtual tasting for Murrieta's Well -- the sample wines, with their simple yet luxurious-looking labels, boded well. Owned by Louis Mel (who built the original winery), it was sold to the Wente Family in the 1930's. Philip Wente and Sergio Traverso teamed up in 1990 to found Murrieta's Well, highlighting the amazing terroir of these vineyards. With the vineyards established with cuttings from Chateaus d'Yquem and Margaux, we'll be visiting with garden shears!
Here are our tasting notes:
2011 Meritage: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon; light straw color, muskmelon and grapefruit aromas, grassy apricot and vanilla flavors, tart acidity into a lemony finish. $28
2012 The Whip: Primarily Chardonnay, with Semillon and 4 other supporting varietals; light golden straw color, grapefruit and melon aromas, honeydew melon flavor with a touch of citrus zing, this is well-balanced; at $19, good QPR.
2011 The Spur: Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Malbec and Cab Franc for support; dark ruby in color, with earthy, black cherry, and vanilla scents, stewed plums and dark cherry moving into bright red fruit flavors, slight tannins on a luxurious finish. $25
Great wines, each and every one, truly unique. We really appreciated the twist-off closures on two of the wines, hope that more winemakers will follow this lead!
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