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Lyeth Meritage 1997

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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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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 Meritage

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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


Member Reviews for Lyeth Meritage

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Snooth User: connie7899
439221,048
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/29/2013

Dark red with hints of purple. Held nicely in the fridge. Characteristic of a meritage, good blend, not overly acidic/heavy oak. Can pick up that Sonoma earth in here.


Snooth User: Moosemaje
95691431
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/18/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Matt W
639143150
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/21/2011

Tastes like a nice Bordeaux. Smoky, earth and leather on the nose follows through to the palette and is backed by perfect tannins and a peppery finish. Well balanced and a lingering finish. Thrilled to have this for $14 from my local wine store.


Snooth User: Stallion
381013942
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 08/10/2011

Not bad. A little earthy and dry on the finish. Not as smooth or as fruit forward as I like my Meritage blends. But not a bad wine.


Snooth User: luvogt
502548186
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/08/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: nurserandi
69485425
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/20/2011

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


Snooth User: JamesR
117547484
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/11/2009

Not a bad wine but this one just lacks any excitement.


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External Reviews for Lyeth Meritage

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/23/2011

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


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 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!


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 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
Vintage: 2006 05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


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Vintage: 2004 11/25/2009

Lyeth Meritage 2004 750ML


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Vintage: 2002 10/15/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Lyeth Meritage Red 750ml



Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.2%

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