Lyeth Merlot L de Lyeth 2006
Established by Chip Lyeth in 1981, Lyeth was one of the first wineries in California to blend Cabernet Sauvignon with the other major Bordeaux varieties. It is now known as the Meritage style - a combination of “merit" and "heritage". Lyeth became a founding member of the Meritage Association in 1988, which created the Meritage concept as a means of identifying blends produced in the Bordeaux style. Originally founded in 1981, under the guidance of its winemaker, Lyeth built a formidable reputation during the 1980s for the quality of its Cabernet and Merlot blends under the guidance of winemaker Bill Arbois. The estate was bought by Burgundian Jean-Charles Boisset 1994 who immediately brought Bill Arbois back on board. The wine is ruby red in colour with ripe black cherry, lively raspberry, plum, currant, thyme and spice notes on the nose. On the palate it is well-balanced with plum and wild berry flavours nicely buttressed by grainy tannins and a minty note on the finish.
I'm not a big fan of merlot because of it's mellow and medium body. I'm a bigger fan of cabernets, but for a merlot, this surprised me and became a favorite for me when I'm looking for a lighter wine. It's soft and velvety texture captured me at first, a more medium body, but fruit forward with hints of cocoa.
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Color: Crimson red. Nose: Delicious, complex hints of plum, cherry, blackberry and truffle. Palate:Rich and concentrated with layers of juicy plum, black currant and coffee nuances. A gorgeous, medium-bodied wine that finishes with polished tannins allowing the ripe fruit flavors to show through.