Today’s Quick Sip is the Murrieta’s Well 2011 Los Tesoros Zarzuela red blend. Murrieta's Well is located in the heart of California’s Livermore Valley. I had an opportunity to visit the region last year and enjoyed winery hopping and checking out some of the wine bars and restaurants in the charming downtown district. The historic property where Murrieta’s Well resides was originally founded in 1883 by Louis Mel, who imported vine cuttings from Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Margaux and planted them on the estate. The property was ultimately purchased by the Wente family and resurrected in 1990 by Phillip Wente. Today, Murrieta's Well specializes in sustainably farmed, small-lot wines and estate blends that I have found pleasing over the past few years. See my tasting notes accompanied by a picture I snapped of the bottle and a link to the wine below.
Murrieta’s Well 2011 Los Tesoros Zarzuela
Review: Murrieta’s Well 2011 Los Tesoros Zarzuela (SRP $45): This is an intriguing red blend from California’s Livermore Valley composed of 32% Souzão, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Tempranillo, 13% Barbera, 11% Graciano, and 1% Touriga Francesa. Deep garnet in color, the blend exhibits an inviting chorus of crushed black and blue fruit, spiced plum, black olive, and dried herb with warm earth undertones. The palate is medium-bodied with good acid-fruit balance, a supple texture, and soft tannins and completes with a pleasant lingering finish. This wine has an appealing savory aspect to it and drinks nicely on its own; yet, would be a nice match for pork loin, venison or lamb chops – even a warm bowl of chili considering the season. Hint, hint! Approximately 450 cases of this wine were produced. (Other info: ABV 13.2%, aged 20 months in new and neutral French, Eastern European, and American oak barrels.) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.
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