Thursday, September 8, 2016

Snooth Virtual Tasting: Murrieta's Well

Back on on July 19th, an opportunity was had to taste and talk wine from Murrieta's Well (its name pays homage to Joaquin Murrieta who discovered the Livermore Valley estate in the 1800s). They specialize in terroir-driven, limited production wine blends. Snooth co-founder Mark Angelillo led us in the tasting while talking to winemaker Robbie Meyer.

Snooth Virtual Tasting: Murrieta's Well

We tasted the following wines, with select participant notes included:

The Whip White Wine Blend Livermore Valley 2014 (SRP $24):
  • Cliff Brown: The Whip - The fresh and inviting nose has apples, white peach, orange blossoms, melon with a hint of baking spices.
  • frankmorgan: The Whip White Blend: Peach, white peach, peach skin, peach cocktail. Peachy acidity.
  • Sonadora: I get a lot of orange citrus fruits on The Whip
  • Cathrine Todd: White Whip: Only $24 pretty nose, rich body, fresh acidity and long flavorful finish. I want a boat load of this! 
  • Nancy Brazil: Love the aromatics on The Whip White Blend! So floral.
  • MartinDRedmond: Love the bright character of the @MurriettasWell Whip White Blend. Very fresh!
  • Bob Fyke: @Muriettaswell "The Whip" white blend. Wonderfully aromatic blend with fresh flowers and white peach, clean citrus. Energetic with a subtle rich core. Deep and complex. Great value! 
Chardonnay Small Lot Livermore Valley 2014 (SRP $44):
  • frankmorgan: tasting Small Lot Chard: Love the aromatics, texture and balance. Well done Robbie!
  • advicesisterA: very buttery but "sunny"
  • Gabe Sasso: Chardonnay has so much fruit but it's remarkably proportionate
  • BrixChick Liza: love the intergration of the oak and pineapple note in finish
  • Sonadora: Digging the stone and tropical fruits on the palate of the chard
  • MartinDRedmond: The '13 Small Lot Chardonnay shows a harmonious peach,tropical, spice character. Delightful! #SnoothVT
  • Bob Fyke: Plenty of texture in the Small Lot Chard. Plenty of backbone. Nice detail.
  • Cliff Brown: Small Lot Chardonnay - The appealing nose has ripe apples, orange blossoms, vanilla bean, white pepper, white peach, lemon drop candy and a hint of spicy oak
  • BrixChick Liza: love the savory notes from sitting on the lees
  • Michelle Williams: Small Lot Chard creamy texture well balanced with racy acidity; very pleasing
  • Sonadora: Much more tropical on the palate for me. Oak blends nicely in the mouth.
  • michaelchelus: The balance on this wine is lovely. Just enough oak to support the bright fruit.
  • vinotravels: Silky, tropical fruit with a nice touch of oak on the @murrietaswell Small Lot Chardonnay
The Spur Red Wine Blend Livermore Valley 2013(SRP $30):
  • KovasP:  The Spur Red Blend: 40% Petite Sirah/26% Cab Sauv/10% Petit Verdot/8% Merlot/8% Cab Franc/8% Malbec
  • Cliff Brown: The Spur - The intoxicating nose has blackberries, dusty minerals, dry underbrush, warm baking spices, black cherries, blueberries, violets and black peppercorns.
  • Bob Fyke: @Muriettaswell The Spur Red blend. Firm dark plum, blackberry, underbrush, meaty. Palate is textured, firm, complex, juicy palate #snoothvt
  • Cathrine Todd: The Spur Red #Wine is #PetiteSirah dominate giving chocolate, spice & sweet black
  • BrixChick Liza: #snoothVT Nose od Spur is dusty cocoa, black friut and th epossibilities that only exist midsummer
  • WineWonkette: OMG Bucheron with The Spur! The funk loves the dark chocolately goodness! 
  • Cathrine Todd: The Spur Red #Wine is #PetiteSirah dominate giving chocolate, spice & sweet black
Cabernet Sauvignon Small Lot Livermore Valley 2013 (SRP $58):
  • Sonadora: The Cab has a beautiful inky silky nose
  • Michelle Williams: What a brooding Cab! Look at that inky, opaque purple! Wowza!
  • Cathrine Todd: Small Lot Cab S has great balance with sweet & savory notes
  • Cliff Brown: Small Lot Cabernet - The expressive nose has cassis, baking spices, dusty minerals, black cherries, dark bittersweet chocolate and dry earth.
  • Sonadora: I get chocolate and pencil lead on the nose of the cab
  • Sonadora: Lovely acidity on the palate of the Cabernet
  • Lucha Vino: Loads of barrel notes and spices on the nose of the cab. Very dark, spicy and mysterious...
  • BrixChick Liza: It's a fruit expression all right, a tender lovely dark expression #yummy
  • Michelle Williams: Small Lot Cab from @murrietaswell is like a box of dark chocolate covered cherries! 
  • frankmorgan: Really appreciate this Small Lot Cab Sauv, much to unpack here: cassis, black cherry, dark chocolate, dust, herbs...

*Wines provided for discussion purposes - all opinions are my own.

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