Murrieta’s Well is a line of wines owned by the larger Wente Family Estates, and the wines crafted under this label are done so with a eye towards blending, and matching particular lots to accent the best of a particular vintage. The history of Murrieta’s Well runs deep in California’s Livermore Valley where the estates planted in the 1880s is one of the state’s originals. The founder Louis Mel built a gravity fed winery into the hillside, and set about creating a vineyard founded on some of the most notable names in Bordeaux, with vine cuttings from Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux. The estate was acquired by Wente in 1990 and then named for the famous bandit Joaquin Murrieta, who may have been the inspiration of Zorro and may have also watered his horses on the estate property.
The wines these days are made by Robbie Meyer who blends fruit from across the estate’s holdings and produce a range of wines from higher end bottles to great value options.
2014 Murrieta’s Well The Spur, Red Wine, Livermore Valley, California $19
A Cabernet based blend the concept of bringing together classic Bordeaux with the California classic Petit Sirah. The blend comes together beautifully, with a rich, redolent red wine that offers depth of flavor along with brilliant balance and structure. Aromas of blue fruit, dusty cherry and cocoa powder. The flavors of blackberry, clove and cinnamon hint at a rich wine but the structure is fine tannin driven and quite elegant.
2015 Murrieta’s Well The Whip, White Wine, Livermore Valley, California $15
A sort of kitchen sink blend from across the vineyard holdings that brings together a series of unusual suspects. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon in equal parts along with dabs of Viognier and Muscat Canelli. This wine is sort of engineered based on what each grape offers. An aromatic wine thanks especially to the Viognier and Muscat Canelli with a great sense of mouthfeel brought to you by the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc bringing the crisp finish. The aromas are honey and tropical fruit, along with a hint of citrus. The palate is ripe with flavors of honey and wet stone along with a zippy citrus finish.
2016 Murrieta’s Well Dry Rosé, Livermore Valley, California $21
A bone dry pink wine from a blend of Grenache and Counoise. Made in the style of Provence this wine is aromatically bright with aromas of cut strawberry and rhubarb, the palate is bright and zippy with strawberry, melon and white flower flavors.