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Murrieta’s Well

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!

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  • Snooth User: napagirl68
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    You picked the LAST wineries I would visit in my hometown. What should have been on the list is Occasio, Steven Kent, 3 Steves, Nottingham Cellars, Bent Creek, and La Rochelle for starters. I would pass on Wente, and Page Mill makes some of the worst wine I've tasted!

    Jan 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

  • Snooth User: Zuiko
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    True to their heritage, Wente has produced a long string of late harvest wines. Their long gone hand written label wines from Monterey are still alive in their Late Harvest 2010 Riesling. It is a tremendous wine and the reason I still go back.

    Jan 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

  • I'm so glad Page Mill made the cut! I have enjoyed their wines since they moved to Livermore.

    Jan 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Ouch Napagirl! I was trying to show the range of wines available from Livermore. Looks like at least one Snoother likes the page mill wines!

    Jan 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

  • Snooth User: Mtdiablowines
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    Hey everybody, wine is so subjective what I like you my not.
    That said why not go 20 mile north and check out the wineries in contra costa county.
    Or go thru the tunnel and check out the urban guys.
    Cheers to all

    Jan 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

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