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Murrieta's Well Dry Rosé 2016

Murrieta’s Well Dry Rosé 2016

Rosé for Valentines Day? Yes, why not. The 2016 Murrieta's Well Dry Rosé is an excellent candidate. Composed of 55% estate-grown Grenache and 45% Counoise, it's a pretty shade of orangey-pink salmon and delivers lifted aromas of bruised peach, Queen Anne’s cherries, melon, baking spice.Medium-bodied and crisp, the palate is awash in red berries and melon flavors, culminating in a rose hip and peach pit finish. 13.5% ABV | Sample Murrieta’s Well 88 Points ...

Murrieta's Well The Whip White Blend 2015

Murrieta’s Well The Whip 2015

"Murietta's Well is a partnership between Philip Wente and Sergio Traverso, the two revitalized the estate and gravity flow winery in 1990 and released The Spur and The Whip in 2010 to commemorate the winery's 20th anniversary. A blend of 33% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, and 12% Orange Muscat, the 2015 Whip is a veritable fruit salad mélange of dried pineapple, cling peaches, bruised pear, lemon verbena, with a dusting of baking spice. Round and glycerol-laden in the mouth without too much weight, the core is sweet, yet balanced with layers of orchard fruit, toasted coconut, and mandarin orange. 13.5% ABV | Sample Murrieta’s Well 9.0 Points...

Murrieta's Well The Spur Red Blend 2014

Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2014

Better on the second day, I recommend decanting on opening — a ripe blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Franc from Livermore Valley — the 2014 Murietta's Well 'The Spur' opens with notes of blueberry, black raspberry, black cherry, and blackcurrants couched in dark layers of earth, leather, and baking spice. It's fairly plush on entry, with ripe, chewy tannins lending structure to a black-fruited core. 14.5% ABV | Sample Murrieta's Well 9.0 Points...

Murrieta's Well The Spur 2013

Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2013

vAnother label from Wente, Murrieta's Well Winery The Spur 2013 is an estate-grown blend of 40% Petite Sirah, 26% Cabernet, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbec. Sporting an opaque purple-hued dress, the aromatics are soft and expansive, with layers of plums, ripe boysenberries, black cherries, spice and cedar leading into a wine that is fleshy and soft on entry. The tannins here are moderate, the overall impression is softness with sweet fruit at nested at core. 14.5% ABV | Sample Murrieta's Well 8.8 Points...

Murrieta's Well The Whip 2014

Murrieta’s Well The Whip 2014

From Wente, Murrieta's Well Winery The Whip 2014 is an estate-grown blend of 29% Semillon and 27% Chardonnay, with the balance comprised of Sauvignon Blanc, Orange Muscat, Muscat Canelli and Viognier. It offers up a lush bouquet of golden apple, dried pineapple, mango, lemon drop, lemon blossom, and vanilla. There's as much range [of fruit] on the palate, with discernible glycerol adding sweetness to the core and weight. Toasty notes of pencil shavings linger on the finish. 13.5% ABV | Sample Murrieta’s Well 8.9 Points...

Lioco Savaria Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Lioco Savaria Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

The Lioco Savaria Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 shows its sense of place. Coastal influences, where vines benefit from ocean breezes and fog are part of what gives this Pinot Noir a bright and nimble countenance. Perfumy, delicate aromas of lavender, raspberry and black cherry, high elevation pine forest tinged with dried herbs. Medium-bodied, and slightly restrained, it's especially well-balanced. I love the interplay of fruit, acidity, earth and crushed limestone on the palate. 13.6% ABV | Sample Lioco Wine Company 9.2 Points...