Secret Sauce Wines: Murrieta’s Well

 


My admiration for Murrieta’s Well and their winemaker, Robbie Meyer, is no secret. I’m so glad that The Whip and The Spur are available at retail shops across the country, giving folks ample opportunity to experience these wines first-hand. The grape blends change every year to achieve maximum quality, and the brand’s many acolytes look forward to those annual reveals. Wine lovers know a good thing when they taste it, and so Murrieta’s Well has garnered somewhat of a cult status over the last several years. While we can speculate on the many things that make these wines so fantastic, from the property itself to the winemaker and more, I think their secret sauce is really quite simple: these are great wines, and you’ll know it at first sip.

But with so much attention heaped on The Whip and The Spur, it’s easy to overlook all of the other amazing offerings in this winery’s portfolio. During our most recent virtual tasting, I had a chance to sit down with Robbie Meyer in the company of a couple dozen wine writers to review this year’s vintages of The Whip and The Spur. We tasted through some fresh surprises he’s been cooking in his kitchen, too.
When Robbie Meyer joined Murrieta’s Well he was given clear marching orders: Do whatever you feel needs to be done to deliver the highest quality wines possible. The integrity of the final product always comes first, and it shows. Read on to learn more about the wines we sampled during the virtual tasting, or click here to watch the full video.


Murrieta’s Well The Whip 2015
Blend: 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, 30% Chardonnay, 7% Viognier, 3% Muscat Canelli

This was a low water vintage. Drier vintages are actually good for the vines, producing grapes that deliver more aromatic and concentrated wines. A combination of tank and barrel fermented varietals, each grape is grown and harvested to be its very best self before the final blend is created.


Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2014
Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 14% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc

The 2013 vintage of The Spur was driven by Petite Sirah, so I was excited to see that Cabernet Sauvignon takes center stage in 2014.  This latest vintage is noted for its texture and tannic structure. The weight and depth on the mid-palate are undeniable. Most of all, it was blended to be “yummy” – a highly technical term bandied about the winery quite often, says Robbie. When it comes to tasting wine, sometimes “yummy” is all you need to understand.


Murrieta’s Well Dry Rosé 2016
Blend: 55% Grenache, 45% Counoise

Viticulturally speaking, a lot of rosé is made with grapes not fully intended for rosé wine. The Grenache (chosen for its spice) and Counoise (chosen for its acidity) were selected and farmed to make this rosé, and nothing more. The intention effects canopy management techniques and fruit expression.


Murrieta’s Well Muscat Canelli 2016

This Muscat Canelli, known as Moscato di Canelli in Italy, is well-established on the Murrieta’s Well property. It’s a rare white grape with a lot of history. Robbie relishes the opportunity to work with more uncommon varietals and bring them to their very best expression.


Murrieta’s Well Cabernet Franc 2014
Blend: 88% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

The cooler conditions in Livermore allow Cabernet Franc to achieve true varietal expression.  The region and its gravely soils run from east to west; an exceptional position that draws bay breezes and fog in a direct path to the shore. Extreme heat can destroy the delicate herbal notes that make the varietal so elegant.


Murrieta’s Well Merlot 2014
Blend: 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

This is Robbie’s favorite varietal on the property, and it’s easy to taste why. All of Robbie’s wines go beyond vineyard designation. He drills down to the blocks, the rows, and the vines used for each and every wine. The Merlot vineyard blocks at Murrieta’s Well have more clay in the soil, a condition most adored by Merlot. Grape growing, harvesting, and winemaking with such thoughtful precision and care is always clear in the glass.

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  • Snooth User: loccasion
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    After tasting these wines, I told a friend that they were some of the tastiest US wines I've tried this year. A must!

    Jun 02, 2017 at 12:08 PM


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