Luis Mel, a French emigrant traveled to the western United States in the 1870’s, [he] sought a place to make wines that would rival the great French Crus. Mel found the ideal home in the Livermore Valley. The vineyard was started with cuttings from the famed Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux vineyards in France. Mel sold the property to Ernest Wente in 1933. The property has been part of the Wente family’s estate ever since. In 1990 Philip Wente and Sergio Traverso partnered together to revive the winery. They named the winery and wine label, Murrieta’s Well, paying homage to the rich history of the property. In 2010 The Whip and The Spur wine blends were released in celebration of Murrieta’s Well 20th anniversary.
Murrieta’s Well is off the beaten path in the Livermore Valley, the winery is one of California’s original wine estates. All of Murrieta’s Well wines are sourced exclusively from the estate. Farming and planting is done according to the various microclimates on the property. This creates the winemaking palette for blending exceptional wines that showcase the unique characteristics of the estate’s terroir.
The Spur 2013 is made from blending classic Bordeaux varietals with a Petite Sirah foundation and offers a distinctively California expression. Each varietal is farmed, and harvested individually to achieve their greatest expression. Beautiful summer fruit aromas of black cherry and blueberry are highlighted by subtle notes of oak and spice. The blend composition is 40% Petite Sirah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec. SRP $30
The Whip 2014 is a balanced wine, that is fruit driven with a hint of the famed California-style oak. Chardonnay and Semillon based, purposely blended with select grape varietals to add elements such as structure, texture, floral notes, and acidity. This wine showcases white peach, pear and melon fruit highlighted with bright acidity and kissed with touch of sweetness to creates a smooth and creamy finish. The blend composition is 29% Semillon, 27% Chardonnay, 18% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Orange Muscat, 8% Muscat Canelli, 6% Viognier. SRP $24
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