Murrieta's Fall Line Up... Just as Lovely as the View!

It is time again for one of the events I enjoy most, the Murrieta’s Well release party. With my sister as my partner in crime, we were able to leave our mommy-mobiles behind. We cruised the beautiful Livermore back roads, on this pleasantly sunny day,  in her boyfriend’s convertible Honda S2000. As we pulled up The Well’s drive, the sight was even more lovely; vineyards perfectly full and green with The Well’s trademark barn behind them.

Having arrived slightly early, we, as well as a small gathering of other guests, were  greeted on the patio with a glass of the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. Light and crisp, it was a refreshing welcome to the afternoon.

After checking in we began making the rounds downstairs in the barrel room. There we enjoyed the 2010 Muscat Canelli and the 2009 Los Tesoros Red Meritage. The Muscat having a strong floral nose and flavors of peach and vanilla, had a pleasant mouthfeel and was sweet without being too sweet. The Meritage has always been a favorite in our household, and continues to live up to its reputation. With its deep and fruity tannins, and a slight scent of ceder on the nose, it left you with a bold and pleasant finish.

Upstairs on the patio we were able to enjoy a vertical tasting of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Though all three wines were very good, I personally enjoyed the 2007 blend over the 2008 (the 2007 is 85% Cabernet and 15% Merlot while the 2008 is 80% Cabernet and 20% Petite Sirah); and found that the 2009, though young, with it’s 100% Cabernet grapes has great promise, especially after it lays down for a while.

Finally, once inside the tasting room we had the 2008 Los Tesoros Petite Verdot, which I suspect will go excellently with a nice fall stew, and the 2008 Touriga Port which was a gratifying way to end the event (Of course, enjoyed with their Cabernet Chocolate Truffles that we simply had to indulge in!).

Now, being just as much about the food, as I am the wine, I have to mention some of the Tapas, all catered by Wente restaurant. Of course, as they usually do, they had an array of crudites, cheeses, and breads as well as the Tapas that were brought around. My favorite was the Gruyere and pear flat bread. It paired really well with the vertical Cab tasting. Also they had rock shrimp with a sesame aioli that I thought was nice with the Meritage.

Lastly, The Well has a new label that was premiered in this quarter’s shipment. It pays homage to the former labels while sharing some of the features of the new Spur and Whip labels. As always, I left The Well pleasantly satisfied with this quarter’s selections, while at the same time excited to see what new flavor notes a little time will bring out in the younger wines.

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