I was introduced to this boutique wine while dining at Stacey’s in downtown Pleasanton four years ago. I had ordered the Zarzuela and knew that I had discovered something special. Located in the Livermore wine valley on the road that leads to Lake Del Valle (another hidden gem), you come upon a beautiful ranch estate. Purchased by Wente, it is named after the artesian well that is located in front of the winery building where the legendary Joaquin Murrieta and his band of desperados watered their horses. The wines are of the old world style, but with the pronounced richness of California wines. The tasting room is beautiful, and the barrel room below is a magical venue for various events. I recently went to a wine blending seminar there and was awestruck by the beauty of the area, as the early warm weather had brought spring to the vines. The wine club is a good deal and the private events offered to the members are well worth the commitment. In my opinion, Murrieta’s Well is definitely the finest of Livermore Valley.
3005 Mines Road
Livermore, CA 94550
tel (925) 456-2390
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