This is the first of several notes I made when I visited Murietta’s Well Winery in Livermore, California. I was greeted at the entrance by the hostess who offered me a glass of this. Medium yellow in the glass with a great, fresh nose of melon, lemon curd and pineapple. On the palate it’s a little thinner than expected but still very fresh. Lithe acidity. 88 points and 2 stars for this $26 blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Orange Muscat, Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat Canelli. Salut….
I’m a fan of this winery and recently went for a wine and cheese pairing. I ordered a few bottles of this blend. Pale yellow/hints of gold in the glass. A nose of yellow apple, ginger, lime and a touch of pineapple. Initial tastes of apple, pineapple and a touch of butter. Reminiscent of Napa Chardonnay yet shouting out that it’s a blend. Very nice mid palate with ever so gentle acidity. The finish is nice, with a green apple meets melon twist. That’s also the point that the acidity hits. There’s some mid-palate ring going on as well. 90 points from me and perfectly suited for grilled chicken with roasted veggies, or just drink it chilled on a hot summers day! A blend of 56% Sauvignon Blanc, 44% Semillon that costs $20 at retail and got 88 points from WE. A 4 star effort that you need by the case (it’s $16 per if you join the club). Salut….
A Napa Valley white wine blended from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Pale yellow with a nose of lemon, asparagus and crunchy green apple. The initial attack is very soft with elegant hints of quince, yellow apple and green melon. Not as steely as a Chablis nor as buttery as a Napa chard, it sits comfortably in the middle. It possesses a longish finish than refreshes and coaxes. I’m guessing there is no malolactic fermentation and a minimal amount of new oak, but it’s just a guess. Refreshing yet hearty. 91 points. The only drawback is the 14.5% alcohol which is well disguised. Nicely done and for $20, this is a 4 star wine. Salut….
I got this bottle of dessert wine from a friend, it turns out to be a very generous one at that. This is a delicious sweet wine that screams Sauternes, needs a dollop of vanilla ice cream and would totally sort out some foie gras. The wine is a blend of mainly Semillon (61%) with the balance being Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are left to hang until super ripe with Botrytis Cinerea (Noble Rot) taking hold to further sweeten the grapes. This particular vintage weighs in at 14.3% alcohol and a manageable 13% Brix of residual sugar. What this means is that the wine is not overly sweet on my palate.
The bottle is capped in a dark yellow wax, the same color as the wine. It pours with an almost syrupy texture which translates to a really smooth unctuous mouthfeel. It begins with stewed Apricots, honey and walnuts on the nose, very inviting indeed. The first sip was nirvana for me, having just finished a feast of Filet Mignon with a bottle of 1997 Musar. The wine shows a gentle sweetness with honeyed apples and more apricot jam. Nuts and a touch of the wood come through on the mid plate where I made note that the Botrytis was ‘balanced’. I have no idea what I meant but it sounded good at the time. The Sauvignon Blanc contributes a nice acidic component that balances the whole package out nicely. Moxie and I polished half the 500ml bottle off in no time, saving the rest for tonight. I can’t wait to see it’s evolution overnight as the cork fell out letting it aerate thoroughly.
Very pricy at $89 and only available at the cellar door in Calistoga or by mail. I loved it and am going with 93 points and 4 stars for the effort. You won’t find excellent dessert wines for a steal, they are in a league of their own. This example happens to be really good and worthy of it’s lofty price if you have a special occasion and really enjoy this style of wine, which I do. Salut….