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Lyeth L de Lyeth Meritage 2007

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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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Lyeth Estate:
Established by Chip Lyeth in 1981, Lyeth was one of the first wineries in California to pursue the unique complexity and composition achieved by the marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon with the other major Bordeaux varieties, now known as the Meritage style. The term "Meritage" (prounouced like "heritage") is a combination of the words "merit" and "heritage". Lyeth became a founding member of the Me... Read more
Established by Chip Lyeth in 1981, Lyeth was one of the first wineries in California to pursue the unique complexity and composition achieved by the marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon with the other major Bordeaux varieties, now known as the Meritage style. The term "Meritage" (prounouced like "heritage") is a combination of the words "merit" and "heritage". Lyeth became a founding member of the Meritage Association in1988, which created the Meritage concept as a means of identifying blends produced in the Bordeaux style. Today it continues the tradition of blending family and tradition in its wines, winning praise from critics and consumers worldwide. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Lyeth L de Lyeth Meritage

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,719
4.00 5
01/28/2011

A good value for those looking for a more restrained, elegant Meritage blend. Very expressive on the nose with red currant fruit, vanilla, smoke, soil, and lightly herbaceous tomato leaf tones. There’s some backing wood spice here, but it’s well integrated and lends this quite the Bordelaise tone. Easy on entry then firming up some in the mouth. This is restrained and elegant with red and black raspberry fruit, accented with spicy oak tones and gentle suggestions of slightly medicinal herbs. The finish is bright and moderately long, with tannins that are slightly drying today but enough fruit balance them out nicely. Develops lovely complexity in the mouth and good aromatics on the finish. A subtle wine for the near term. 89pts


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Snooth User: nurserandi
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4.00 5
03/20/2011

Liked this better than the sterling. Which I thought would be impossible!


External Reviews for Lyeth L de Lyeth Meritage

External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
12/16/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Offers hints of blackberry, raspberry and plum on the nose, with complex flavors of oak and plum that dominate on the very smooth, rich finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Layer upon layer of luxurious, mouth-coating flavors are exposed with every sip; your tongue will never believe you when you tell it this bottle cost you less than $15! Echoing some of the best red Bordeaux, this California Meritage (rhymes with "heritage") is a Cabernet-based blend with the elegance and structure of a much more expensive wine. Lush and loaded with tobacco, spicebox, black currant and mocha, with a rich, velevety mouthfeel that warms you from head to toe. Beautiful table wine - serve with just about everything!


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Cedary cassis-scented aromas lead to a full-bodied, concentrated wine with supple tannins and a long, spicy finish.



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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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