Owned by the Wente family but run in a decidedly independent fashion, Murrieta’s Well occupies the vineyards of the historic Mal family: pioneers in the region during the second half of the 19th century. Since being purchased by the Wente family in the 1930s the property has been used as a storage facility for Wente before the Murrieta’s Well brand was established.
Able to play around in a way that smaller wineries simply can not, Murrieta’s Well produces two outside the box blends, but more importantly they experiment with a wide variety of primarily Spanish and Portuguese varieties in very small lots. For a lovely introduction to both the region and the house philosophy check out the 2011 Murrieta’s Well Zarzuela. A blend of estate fruit, as all the small lot wines are, this is an impressive blend of 32% Souzao, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Tempranillo, 13%Barbera, 11% Graciano, and 1%Touriga. It’s kind of crazy but it unites Livermore’s past, present and future in a very attractive package!