Sneak Preview WoW: Murrieta’s Well, The Whip 2010 $20

This delightful blend of sauvignon blanc, viognier, semillon, pinot blanc, orange muscat and muscat canelli is the type of wine I revel in — it doesn’t follow any recipe or rules, but is created anew each year based on what the vintage and the terroir provide.

As you would guess from the blend, the wine is floral and richly fruit-forward, with some tropical (mango) notes and a bit of sweetness on the finish. Fans of Conundrum should appreciate this as well. It should pair nicely with spicy dishes, though I warn you: It goes down quickly by itself.

My 2-1/2 star review (Excellent/Exceptional) will appear this Wednesday in The Washington Post Food section.

Distributed in the Washington DC area by Southern/FP Winner: Available in the District at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Central Liquors, De Vinos, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits; and on the list at Agora, DC Coast, Firefly, Montmartre, Panache, Salt & Pepper, Serendipity 3, and West End Bistro.

About Dave McIntyre

Wine columnist for The Washington Post, co-founder of, and blogger at Dave McIntyre's WineLine (
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2 Responses to Sneak Preview WoW: Murrieta’s Well, The Whip 2010 $20

  1. Nice choice. All of the Murrieta Wells wines have been intriguing; the only problem in my part of the country has been availability.

  2. Joe Herrig says:

    Dang. I read the first sentence and thought, “this is positioned to compete with Conundrum… price point and all.” Then, you went and beat me to it. I guess that’s why you make the big bucks, Dave :). Absence of Chardonnay, unlike Conundrum. Hopefully, that’s helping them make some money on this one.

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