Murrieta's Well The Spur 2015
Blend: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Nestled in the Livermore Valley, Murrieta’s Well is one of California’s original wine estates. Their vineyard began in the 1880s with cuttings from famed Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux. Today, they use this land to their advantage and plant grape varieties according to the various microclimates on our property. All of the wines are sourced exclusively from the estate.
2019 marks acclaimed winemaker, Robbie Meyer’s 23rd vintage. In this time, he has received over 100 90+ point ratings for wines from the Livermore Valley, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara and Sonoma County. At Murrieta’s Well, Robbie focuses on creating wines of elegance and balance that tell the story of their estate. With a patient and open-minded approach to winemaking, Robbie tells a story worth listening to glass after glass.
A warm sub-appellation of the greater San Francisco Bay AVA (American Viticultural Area), Livermore Valley mainly hides behind the shielding effects of the bay’s eastern hills. However, late afternoon winds cool down summer nights as daytime heat rises from the Central Valley in the east, pulling the cold, foggy, bay air inland. This cooler evening air permeates the Livermore Valley's foothills, making this an ideal environment for the development of phenolic ripeness and concentration in its wine grapes.
The Livermore Valley is one of California's oldest wine regions and has played a crucial role in shaping California's wine industry. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. Then in the mid 1800s, a man named Robert Livermore planted the area’s first commercial vineyards. Winemaker pioneer C. H. Wente arrived a few years later; today the Wente Chardonnay clone is the source of a majority of California Chardonnay. Furthermore, James Concannon and the Wetmore brothers recognized the virtues of the area’s Bordeaux-like gravel soils and dedicated themselves to making high quality wine from Bordeaux varieties. Today the area is also known for high quality Petite Sirah.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.