Posts Tagged Livermore Valley

2012 Murrieta’s Well ‘The Spur,’ Livermore Valley

The Livermore Valley is one of California’s most history-steeped winegrowing regions. Murrieta’s Well dates back to the 1880s, has had its ups and downs through the years, but has been crafting sublime blends from estate-grown grapes for the... Read more

2013 Murrieta’s Well ‘The Whip,’ Livermore Valley

This wine is almost as much fun to smell as it is to drink — undoubtedly due to its Orange Muscat, Viognier, Gewurztraminer and White Riesling components, which collectively represent 34 percent of the blend. The rest is Semillon, Chardonnay and... Read more

2014 Wente ‘Eric’s’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

The Wente family has been making wine in California for a long time — including America’s first varietally-labeled Chardonnay in 1936. Today, fourth-generation winegrower Eric Wente prefers the “unoaked” style, and that’s why this wine... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Bright medium straw in hue, this wine shows toasty oak, smoke and some butter in the nose, leading to plump tropical fruit in the mouth. It’s a workhorse, value-priced wine that would pair nicely with simple fare such a grilled chicken or a turkey... Read more

2012 Wente ‘Charles Wetmore’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Nearly opaque purple/ruby. Where the ‘Southern Hills’ bottling is a brass band, this red is more complex, more orchestral. Chocolate notes from oak part to reveal a deep concentration of black berry fruits and black plum. There’s an abundance... Read more

2012 Wente ‘Southern Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Opaque dark ruby/purple color in the glass. Varietal aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, high-toned wood spices, licorice, bell pepper, tobacco, and olive. It is juicy and fruit-driven in the mouth, picking up moderate, rounded tannins after... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Clear straw color. The perfumed nose delivers white flowers, citrus, notes of stone fruit, vanilla, and butter. It is lively in the mouth, picking up hints of green apple. Medium in weight, this is not an over-extracted, over-oaked Chardonnay.... Read more

2009 Concannon Conservancy Merlot, Livermore Valley

Translucent dusty ruby color. Moderate aromas of baking spices and red berry fruit. Medium-bodied, with dusty tannins. Enjoy with lighter fare or burgers on the grill. MSRP: $18 (October 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2008 Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley

Concannon was the first California winery to bottle a varietal Petite Sirah, and has been crafting full-bodied, lip-smacking versions for decades. Opaque purple/black color. The warm, inviting nose is full of fleshy black cherry and dark berries,... Read more

2010 Concannon Conservancy ‘Crimson and Clover,’ Livermore Valley

This is a proprietary red blend that pays homage to James Concannon, the third-generation owner/winemaker. Nearly opaque crimson color. The nose shows high-toned wood scents of vanilla, menthol and eucalyptus, followed by ample dark, fleshy fruit.... Read more