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