Palate Pleasing: Murrieta’s Well The Spur

Wine Review:  2013 Murrieta’s Well The Spur Red, Livermore Valley, California

Winemaker Robbie Meyer concocts a superlative blend each vintage for ‘The Spur’.In 2013, the blend was 40% Petite Sirah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and  8% Malbec. For my palate, I found it to be quite agreeable.

Since the mid-seventies, I have imbibed upon wines from the Livermore area and always found them to be outstanding values. Blending the various varieties grown in the Livermore Valley, these wines often rise to levels of inimitable quality that cannot be duplicated with fruit from other California growing regions.  The Spur from the 2013 vintage is one of those wines.

Building a wine from a Petite Sirah base, then using a mix of Bordeaux varietals as supporting characters to flesh out the starring role of the Petite Sirah was a pretty savvy move. Those building blocks produced a wine of unique quality.


Dark fruit aromas and a soft textural palate pleasing experience highlight the flavors of spice, vanilla and juicy berry fruit. I served this wine with a fantastic artisan bread crostini topped with duck rillettes and Cornichons (pronounced “KOR-nee-shons”) from Les Trois Petite Cochons.

I heartedly suggest you try the combination because it is MacDaddy delicious.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $30 | 14.5 % ABV



About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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