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Murrieta’s Well

Murrieta’s Well Murrieta’s Well is a small wine estate with a rich history that reaches back to the Gold Rush era in California. In 1990, Phillip Wente, with the assistance of winemaker Sergio Traverso, brought the historic winery back to life with the objective of producing "old world" style field blends from the unique combination of plantings that thrived in the gravelly soils of the estate. They named it for the Artesian well where the legendary Joaquin Murrieta and his band of desperados watered their horses. Like most classic wine estates around the world, the Murrieta's Well Estate Vineyard is small, just 92 acres. A favorable variety of predominately undulating terrain and gravelly soil types shape the character of the estate's wines. Murrieta's Well offers a unique and intimate tasting experience and is open Wednesday - Sunday 11:00am - 4:30pm

FROM THE SOUTH BAY / PENINSULA When traveling from the San Jose, Palo Alto, and Fremont areas, please take Highway 680 North. Immediately after the Calaveras Road - Sunol West 84 exit, take the Livermore 84 East exit off the freeway. Proceed along Highway 84 East approximately 7.4 miles to the sixth stoplight, which is the intersection of Holmes Street and Concannon Boulevard. Turn right onto Concannon Boulevard and follow it for 2 miles until it dead ends at South Livermore Avenue. Turn right at the stoplight. Proceed 1 mile (South Livermore Avenue turns into Tesla Road) and turn right on Mines Road. Proceed 1/4 of a mile and turn right into the Murrieta's Well driveway. Turn right once more to go across the bridge, through the vineyard and to the historic tasting room.

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3005 Mines Road, Livermore, CA, US, 94550 Email:
Phone: 925-456-2395 Web:
Fax: 925-456-2391
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  Red Meritage
The 2001 Meritage is a big, rich wine, with black cherry and cassis aromas from the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot. The Cabernet Franc adds a nice level of mint, and helps add weight to the front and mid palate. The wine is rounded out with well-integrated vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and clove flavors. The tannin, most of which are delivered by the Cabernet Sauvignon, are greatly aided by the Petite Verdot, creating a rich, yet subtle and smooth wine. Combining these tannins with the acid will allow the wine to age for many years.
  Red Vendimia
The 1999 Vendimia has cherry and cassis aromas and flavors from the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot, along with a nice level of mint from the Cabernet Franc. The wine is rounded out with well-integrated vanilla and chocolate flavors. The tannins, which are greatly aided by the small percentage of Petite Verdot, are smooth and, combined with the acid, will allow the wine to age well for many years.
Wines made from the Tempranillo grape can be both fruity and earthy. This wine has equal parts blackberry, raspberry, earth, and tobacco. The young tannins are round and grip your mouth providing a perfect structure to the fruit. The finish is long and pleasant with the fruit components lasting in your mouth.
  White Meritage
The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were barrel fermented separately and aged sur lie for 15 months. During the aging, batonnage was performed monthly. Batonnage is the stirring of the wine in the barrels to re-suspend the lees. This process adds creaminess and a rich, full mouthfeel to the wine. When both of the wines were ready, winemaker Sergio Traverso and Phil Wente made a final blend to achieve a perfect balance between the Sauvignon Blanc's crispness and the Semillon's creamier structure.
  White Vendimia
A rich white wine, this blend is impressively balanced with good acidity and a long, lingering finish. Honey, melon, and fig aromas stand out with a nice floral and orange note from the Malvasia and the Orange Muscat. On the mouth, flavors of pears and cloves are handsomely framed by vanilla and oak nuances from barrel fermentation and sur lie aging.
This wine is named Zarzuela-the Spanish word for 'operetta' – a romantic musical. Just as many voices and instruments come together to form the musical Zarzuela, this wine is a blend of many grape varietals, aged in an interesting blend of oak barrels. Each varietal was aged separately in small oak barrels before being masterfully blended to showcase the best attributes of each of the grape types.
The 2002 Zinfandel shows the classic character of Zinfandel from old vines: a rich concentration of ripe fruit flavors and a nice spicy combination of black pepper and anise. Fullbodied, this wine has subtle oak flavors and a long, pleasant finish.


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