One of the most interesting things about red wines is appreciating a good winemaker’s knack of skillfully combining the land, fermentation, and blending to make a unique statement. This happens especially when blending creative combinations of grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.
Even though these varietals are often enjoyed by wine lovers in their “pure form”, blending them with flair certainly puts a nice spin on things. The results can be a pleasant surprise.
Normally, winemakers avoid using high percentages of Petit Verdot and Malbec in their Cabernet-based blends, but the people at Murrieta's Well in Livermore Valley found that a ½ Cabernet, ¼ Petit Verdot, and ¼ Malbec blend was just the right combo to make their 2010 “Spur” totally palate friendly.
At a recent tasting, The Spur rated very highly with Cabernet and Pinot Noir fans, including young and old (this doesn’t happen very often). Most agreed that its color, bouquet, and body place it firmly the “nicely rounded” category, making it a great selection to have on hand as a crowd pleaser.
It’s inviting deep ruby color is enhanced by a bouquet of spice, toast, violets, and dark fruit. A well rounded taste in the mouth finishes rather quickly and smoothly; probably the reason that the Pinot fans like it. And the alcohol, acidity, and tannins are nicely integrated for a wine this young. All in all, this represents a great value for its reasonable $20-$25 price range.
It’s also worth noting that this is yet another wine from the Livermore Valley with a certain “spicy toast” character that could be representative of the region’s wines in general. So if you like this, a stop in Livermore may be just the thing for your next visit to the San Francisco Bay area wine country appellations.
Serve after 20 minutes in the fridge (60-65 degrees).