In the 1850s, Joaquin Murrieta discovered a beautiful artesian well in the floor of the Livermore Valley. It is that historic spot that became the home of Murrieta’s Well Winery.
Then, in the 1880s, Louis Mel purchased the 92-acre estate where Murrieta’s Well is located. Captivated by the unusually gravelly soil, Mel built gravity-flow winery into the hillside and imported cuttings from renowned French Vineyards and planted them there.
Mel sold the property to his friend and neighbor, Ernest Wente, in the 1930s. And in 1990, Ernest’s grandson, Philip, who grew up nearby, resurrected the winery in partnership with winemaker Sergio Traverso.
Murrieta’s Well specializes in creating estate blends, and released two new proprietary blends in 2010.
Try them at Roche Bros. in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley:
The Whip is a tribute to the great white blends of the world, with a sophisticated yet approachable blend of aromatic white grapes. Fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrels, this wine has full-bodied aromas of white peach, pear and melon with a hint of citrus. Its flavors of cantaloupe, green pear, honey and butterscotch give way to a full-bodied mid palate with balanced acidity and a creamy finish. It’s a blend of seven grapes: Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Orange Muscat, Viognier, Gewurztraminer and White Riesling. This wine pairs well with creamy sauces and pasta, a wide array of vegetables, poultry and fish.
The Spur combines five grapes — Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot – for a sumptuous red blend. This wine brings enticing aromas and flavors of black cherry and blueberry, with hints of chocolate, anise, spice and toasted oak. Mature tannins and balanced acidity lead to a smooth finish. Enjoy The Spur with roasted and grilled meats, red sauces and rich cheeses.