Murrieta's Well

The Whip Livermore Valley White Blend

9.0182 ratings
8.815 pro ratings
Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Sémillon, Pinot Blanc, Orange Muscat, Muscat Canelli
Turkey, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Pork, Nuts & Seeds, Hard Cheese, Soft Cheese, Shellfish, Quinoa, Mushrooms, Chili & Hot Spicy, Fish, Herbs, Asian Cuisine, Veal, Potato, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Cheddar & Gruyere, Tomato-Based, Goat & Feta Cheese, White Fish, Salads & Greens, Meaty & Oily Fish, Fruit Desserts, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

The wine looks pale gold in the glass, with green shadings showing. It's nose is a mixture of orange blossoms, apricots, light grass and earth notes. The palate offers lovely stone fruit and citrus. The flavors are pleasing and the acidity is easily racy enough for a salad or egg dish. In fact, I think having it with Sunday brunch would be perfect. The grapes here are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Orange Muscat and Viognier, so it's a real vineyard party in a glass.

The wine looks pale gold in the glass, with green shadings showing. It's nose is a mixture of orange blossoms, apricots, light grass and earth notes. The palate offers lovely stone fruit and citrus. The flavors are pleasing and the acidity is easily racy enough for a salad or egg dish. In fact, I think having it with Sunday brunch would be perfect. The grapes here are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Orange Muscat and Viognier, so it's a real vineyard party in a glass.

Jul 4th, 2018
David L

16’ Completely what I expected. Tart, ripe, CORE fruits, citrusy sweetness . Pop & pour.

16’ Completely what I expected. Tart, ripe, CORE fruits, citrusy sweetness . Pop & pour.

Mar 4th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.8

Lite, refreshing, a touch of sweet as it has Moscato. This will go down a little to easy on a hot summer afternoon.

Lite, refreshing, a touch of sweet as it has Moscato. This will go down a little to easy on a hot summer afternoon.

Jan 13th, 2018
Walter Preston

I know, it's a white blend but damn it's nice. Stone fruit on the nose, peaches out front with pear and citrus. The semillion comes through with on the first taste with tremendous butterscotch and honey dancing across your tongue in 5 inch stillettos. Perfect balance, crisp, fresh, tantalizing. Like it better than the old conundrum, this one a blend of (count em) SEVEN varietals. Yeah deserves 92 as a warm summer night deckadent wine.

I know, it's a white blend but damn it's nice. Stone fruit on the nose, peaches out front with pear and citrus. The semillion comes through with on the first taste with tremendous butterscotch and honey dancing across your tongue in 5 inch stillettos. Perfect balance, crisp, fresh, tantalizing. Like it better than the old conundrum, this one a blend of (count em) SEVEN varietals. Yeah deserves 92 as a warm summer night deckadent wine.

3 people found it helpfulJun 10th, 2015
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.4

Muscat paperwhites, orange blossom, lily of the valley, apricots, lemon-lime. (sample)

Muscat paperwhites, orange blossom, lily of the valley, apricots, lemon-lime. (sample)

1 person found it helpfulJul 23rd, 2013
Randy Fuller

This white is 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, 30% Chardonnay, 7% Viognier and a splash of Muscat Canelli, all grown in their Livermore Valley estate vineyard. The nose features a complex mix of honeysuckle, Meyer lemon and sweet peach. A stirring acidity frames citrus, minerals and nectarines in a food-friendly canvas that’s ready for spring and summer salads.

This white is 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, 30% Chardonnay, 7% Viognier and a splash of Muscat Canelli, all grown in their Livermore Valley estate vineyard. The nose features a complex mix of honeysuckle, Meyer lemon and sweet peach. A stirring acidity frames citrus, minerals and nectarines in a food-friendly canvas that’s ready for spring and summer salads.

Jun 10th, 2017
Richard Hemming

Wine Writer JancisRobinson.com

8.6

I liked this way more than expected: rare example of a mongrel blend that works!

I liked this way more than expected: rare example of a mongrel blend that works!

Jul 20th, 2014
TC Frazier

A little too sweet for my taste but it is a well-made wine

A little too sweet for my taste but it is a well-made wine

Apr 29th, 2014
Austin Baird

Excellent white wine blend! Lots of orange zest made this wine enjoyable and refreshing! A lot going on in this one!

Excellent white wine blend! Lots of orange zest made this wine enjoyable and refreshing! A lot going on in this one!

Apr 17th, 2014
André Guérin

Manager Ambassador Wines & Spirits

9.5

Super floral wine that I'd have enjoyed a little bit more had the sweetness been better incorporated into the flavor profile. A little clumsy in this vintage, at least. Would give it another shot eventually, but I'm not in any kind of rush.

Super floral wine that I'd have enjoyed a little bit more had the sweetness been better incorporated into the flavor profile. A little clumsy in this vintage, at least. Would give it another shot eventually, but I'm not in any kind of rush.

Aug 21st, 2013