L De Lyeth Meritage

 Tasting Date: 9/7/2011

Varietal: Meritage

Country: Sonoma Califormia

Tasting Date Price: $13.59

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Vineyard Website: click here boissetfamilyestates.com

Visual Aspect: Dark red

Nose: Very expressive on the nose with red currant fruit, vanilla, smoke, soil, and lightly herbaceous tomato leaf tones

Palate: Complex flavors of bing cherry and spice dominate the palate and are combined with hints of blackberry and a slight earthy component. This blend of flavors exhibits a good balance between acids and tannins that end with very smooth finish.

Food Pairing: Excellent when served with rich and robust foods, such as bold cheeses and game.

Winery Notes: Blend of Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Merlot and Petit Verdot.

In 1981, Lyeth Estate was founded in Sonoma County by Chip Lyeth. After having traveled through Bordeaux in the late 1970s, Chip came to believe what the Bordelais had known for centuries: that through blending, you could create a beautiful, distinctive wine, with unique characteristics often very different from the varietals from which it is created. To craft these wines, he brought on his close friend, Bill Arbios. Over 25 years later, we are still dedicated to Chip’s vision of making unique blends. In this spirit, Winemaker Bill Arbios has created this exciting blend of Bordeaux varietals from carefully selected vineyards from the most esteemed corners of Sonoma County. This wine’s blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot contributes to its unique flavor. Complex flavors of bing cherry and spice dominate the palate and are combined with hints of blackberry and a slight earthy component. This blend of flavors exhibits a good balance between acids and tannins that end with very smooth finish. Excellent when served with rich and robust foods, such as bold cheeses and game.

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