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Murrieta’s Well The Whip 2010

Uncovering my tulips after a late spring storm.
[I had protected them from the snow with espresso cups!]


Murrieta’s Well was established in the 1880’s when Louis Mel purchased 92 acres in Livermore Valley naming it after Joaquin Murrieta who discovered the artisan well on the property. Mel built a gravity fed winery and imported cuttings from France for his gravel-soil vineyards. In the 1930’s Mel sold the estate to his friend Ernest Wente, in 1990 Ernest’s grandson and 4th generation winemaker Philip Wente revived Murrieta’s Well. This past summer I had the good fortune of attending a tasting with 5th generation winemaker Karl Wente where in addition to the Wente Vineyards wines he also poured Murietta’s Well bottles. Down to earth and warm, he enthusiastically spoke of his passion for holistic, sustainable farming, affectionately referring to his wines as “my babies”. The Whip blend is reinvented each year based on the harvest so every vintage is distinct blend. I can’t wait to give the 2011 a pour; I’ve noticed that Chardonnay has replaced the Sauvignon Blanc as the main grape, and Gewürztraminer has been included in the blend.


Pale straw in colour, assertive aromas of pineapple, honey and ginger radiated from the glass. Sweet flavours of peach, apricot and pineapple were balanced by a bright acidity in the light body. Energising lemon and orange zest comprised the dry finish. Refreshing and snappy, this is an easy drinking, crowd pleasing glass.



31% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Semillon, 11% Pinot Blanc, 8% Orange Muscat, 8% Muscat Canelli
Livermore Valley
Produced and Bottled by Murrieta’s Well Winery, Livermore
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now

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