Tasting Notes | Murrieta’s and Carmen Wines

By Shivana Maharaj
September 13, 2010

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The Winemaker

Winemaker Juan Ramsay joined a select group (including CSL) for a five course luncheon at Murrieta’s. Carmen wines, has recently updated the packaging, and updated their product offerings, including the Gran Reserva range.

The Wine list

Gran Reserva sauvignon blanc 2009: tapas

Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2008: primer plato

Gran Reserv Carmenere 2008: segundo plato

Gran Reserva Cabernet sauvignon 2008: plato principal

Gold Reserva cabernet sauvignon 2004: postre

Passed Crispy Sablefish on Potato crisps with Garlic Aioli

The crispiness of the fish and the chips were a lovely textural contrast with the silky sablefish with a hint of garlic aioli. The crispness of the Sauvignon Blanc paired very well.

A closer look at the tapas

These tapas were highly addictive.

Heirloom tomato, spinach with Orecchiette

Al dente orecchiette with roasted tomatoes, bright green spinach and warm freshly grated cheese.

Honey and horseradish dressed tomatoes with Grilled Quebec duck Sausage

The tender sausages, with sundried tomatoes, garlic, cranberries and oranges was an effortless combination with the sweetness from the honey in the dressing.

Open faced 6 oz. House made Lamb Burger served with Potato Pave

Go to Murrieta’s right now for this burger. The blackened exterior of this burger, topped with horseradish and sweet cranberries on top. The creamy potatoes were an excellent accompaniment to the cabernet sauvignon.

Dark chocolate mousse and Pecorino cheese

The combination of cheese with the Gold Reserva cabernet sauvignon was a lovely combination; the Cabernet was reminiscent of a chocolately port. The mousse and berries were a light and lovely way to end the meal.


808 1st St SW

Carmen wines