Sunday, June 17, 2018

Wine Review: Lieb Cellars Reserve Sparkling Rosé 2015

June is Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month on TheWineStalker.net!

Lieb Cellars Reserve Sparkling Rosé 2015

I've had a great relationship with Lieb Cellars for four years now and their wines have been on this blog many times. To learn more about both Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane, check out my article A Brief History of Lieb Cellars - On the North Fork of Long Island, New York from 2016. With everything you need to know about them there I'm gonna jump right into the reviews. Click here to see all of the reviews done so far this month.

A few years ago I reviewed the 2013 vintage of this wine but today I've got their 2015 Reserve Sparkling Rosé. It's made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from the North Fork of Long Island. Fermentation took twenty-six days at 64° F using the EC-118: Prise De Mousse yeast strain, it saw no maceration or malolactic fermentation, and spent sixteen months maturing on tirage. Harvest was in September 2015, bottling was in February 2016, and it has an ABV of 13.2%.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wine Review: Bridge Lane Chardonnay & Rosé Cans

June is Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month on TheWineStalker.net!


Bridge Lane is the entry level label for Lieb Cellars out of the North Fork of Long Island, New York.  One of the cool things about Bridge Lane is that it comes in all sorts of sizes, and you can see each size drawn on the label. From left to right: bottles, boxes, cans, and kegs. Yup. Kegs!

I've had a great relationship with Lieb Cellars for four years now and their wines have been on this blog many times. To learn more about both Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane, check out my article A Brief History of Lieb Cellars - On the North Fork of Long Island, New York from 2016. With everything you need to know about them there I'm gonna jump right into the reviews. Click here to see all of the reviews done so far this month.

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AND HERE'S A MONKEY
ON A BICYCLE. LOL

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People scoffed at canned wine when it first came out, like most things that are innovative and different. Spiked Seltzer was hilarious when it was first put on cooler runs and now it's huuuuuge. The iPad was considered useless because it didn't have a flash drive. When the Segway PT was announced, it got a slamming of epic proportions. Bicycles. Cheeseburgers. UMBRELLAS.

All of these things were initially ridiculed, as was (and is) canned wine. But more people are realizing how effective cans are at keeping both red and white wine fresh, and just how useful it is to have half a bottle of Chardonnay or rosé in an ice cold aluminum container right out of the cooler. The category is growing and it will continue to grow so you might as well start accepting it as a thing. Because it's not just the likes of Flip Flop and Barefoot. There's also the likes of Underwood, 90+ Cellars, and Bridge Lane.

So here I am with two cans of Bridge Lane's wine. I'm not going to give them scores but I will tell you what I think of them. Why aren't I giving them scores like I do bottles? I think the point is different. Yeah, Underwood Pinot Noir is in a can so you can enjoy a quality fresh Pinot anywhere. These guys are in a can so you can crush them at the beach while also not drinking crappy wine.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Wine Quickie: Left Coast Estate Rosé 2017

Left Coast Estate Rosé 2017

54% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 6% Pinot Blanc. $24 retail price. Aromas of cherries, watermelon, and white pepper. Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel, tamed acidity and soft tannins. Mid-palate flavors of cherries, watermelon, and lime peel; then a wonderful finish of watermelon and tea. Love it! A very nice “bigger” rosé.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Wine Review: Bridge Lane White Merlot 2017

June is Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month on TheWineStalker.net!


Bridge Lane is the entry level label for Lieb Cellars out of the North Fork of Long Island, New York.  One of the cool things about Bridge Lane is that it comes in all sorts of sizes, and you can see each size drawn on the label. From left to right: bottles, boxes, cans, and kegs. Yup. Kegs!

I've had a great relationship with Lieb Cellars for four years now and their wines have been on this blog many times. To learn more about both Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane, check out my article A Brief History of Lieb Cellars - On the North Fork of Long Island, New York from 2016. With everything you need to know about them there I'm gonna jump right into the reviews. Click here to see all of the reviews done so far this month.

I know what you're thinking: "White Merlot? Seriously, dude?" Yeah, I'm serious. Because this White Merlot is seriously delicious. This is the third vintage that I've had of Bridge Lane's White Merlot and the second that I've reviewed on the blog. That review was for the 2015 vintage so you can check that out if you're interested. But this is something you're gonna want to drink fresh, and I've got the latest release right here.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wine Review: Bridge Lane Red Blend 2016

June is Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month on TheWineStalker.net!

Bridge Lane Red Blend 2016

Bridge Lane is the entry level label for Lieb Cellars out of the North Fork of Long Island, New York.  One of the cool things about Bridge Lane is that it comes in all sorts of sizes, and you can see each size drawn on the label. From left to right: bottles, boxes, cans, and kegs. Yup. Kegs!

I've had a great relationship with Lieb Cellars for four years now and their wines have been on this blog many times. To learn more about both Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane, check out my article A Brief History of Lieb Cellars - On the North Fork of Long Island, New York from 2016. With everything you need to know about them there I'm gonna jump right into the reviews. Click here to see all of the reviews done so far this month.

This red blend is 44% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from New York State. Fermentation took an average of twelve to sixteen days at 62°F with fourteen days maceration. 100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and it saw six months of 100% Hungarian oak barrels. Harvest was in October 2016, bottling was in April 2017, and it has a 12.9% ABV.

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