Liberty School Cuvee 2008
Bright and gently herbal on the nose at first, this quickly shows lovely leather, rose, black tea and peppery spice notes over red raspberry fruit, shaded with some plummy notes. Smooth as silk on entry and medium- to full-bodied, this shows some lovely freshness to the fruit in the mouth, all wild blackberry and salted plum-toned. It’s a supple wine and should be well received with nuanced, earthy spice notes on the palate and a finish that is a bit short and dry. 88ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Liberty School Cuvee
Bright and gently herbal on the nose at first, this quickly shows lovely leather, rose, black tea and peppery spice notes over red raspberry fruit, shaded with some plummy notes. Smooth as silk on entry and medium- to full-bodied, this shows some lovely freshness to the fruit in the mouth, all wild blackberry and salted plum-toned. It’s a supple wine and should be well received with nuanced, earthy spice notes on the palate and a finish that is a bit short and dry. 88pts
Tonight I am reviewing the Liberty School 2008 Cuvee, an interesting blend that I've never tried before. In the past I've tried Liberty School's cabernet sauvignon and was a pretty big fan, a nice bold cab at an awesome price. So I happened upon this wine at my regular rounds to G. B. Russo's in Grand Rapids and it was on sale for something like $10, which is sure to get me to try new things. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. The Liberty School Cuvee comes from Paso Robles, on the central coast of California, and a place where some of the most wonderful Zinfandels come. But this wine is not a Zin, but an up and coming blend (which apparently is becoming a big deal in the central coast, who knew?). This wine is a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier, making it so close to the fine blends from the south of France that I have so come to adore. This wine is a lighter style that is really perfect for summer, or a summery 80-degree afternoon in early October! It's light in color, but crystal clear, with a nose that exhibits clear fruit aromas of cherry, blackberry and currant and a hint of smokiness. The taste was lighter and fruit forward, but nonetheless complex. With flavors of cherry, strawberry and plum combined with hints of black pepper and anise, I was surprised by the soft tannins and resulting smooth dry finish reminiscent of the fine blends of the Rhone Valley. Overall I would rate this wine a solid 4, particularly given the $10 price tag! Try some today with a grilled salmon steak or perhaps a nice pork tenderloin with some freshly grilled summer squash!
An affordable alternative to a southern Rhone wine. Hints of dark plums, dark berries, black pepper, anise and smoked meats weave in and out from start to finish (make sure to let it breathe at least 30 min.). 90pts.
Nice, solid rhone ranger here. Smoke, spice, and plenty of fruit highlight this well balanced cuvee. Definitely tight upon opening; let this guy breathe and enjoy!
When you find a wine as rich and supple as this Rhone-style blend, you need to be careful when choosing a dish to pair it with. You can easily overwhelm the structure here, so you’ll need something on the subtle and lean side. A nice, Italian-style arista pork roast, thinly sliced and served at room temperature, would be a fine pairing. The subtle salty and herbal elements of the dish won’t overpower the wine and will really let the fruit shine.
Food Pairings for Liberty School Cuvee
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