Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wine Review: Lieb Cellars Reserve 2013 Sparkling Rosé

Lieb Cellars Reserve 2013 Sparkling Rosé

Heeeeeey-yoooooo! Lieb Cellars is back on the blog for Round 2 with three new wine reviews! The first one was for Reserve 2011 Blanc de Blancs, this review is for the Reserve 2013 Sparkling Rosé, and the final one will be for the Reserve 2014 Merlot.

I just published an article on Lieb Cellars so if you'd like to learn more about the great story of their origin and what they're up to now, please go read A Brief History of Lieb Cellars - On The North Forth of Long Island, New York. With the backstory of the winery in that article, expect these reviews to be pretty quick.

The Reserve 2013 Sparkling Rosé is 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay. Secondary fermentation for carbonation was done in the individual bottles and it spent 16 months on the tirage. The dosage was 6.5ml for a residual sugar of 8.67 g/L, and the final ABV is 13.2%.

Before I start tasting I need to say something about certain incidents repeatedly occurring in the news that are leaving me in a constant state of anger, and I apologize to Lieb Cellars for doing so in a review of their wine. You don't need to be African American, LGBT, or living in poverty yourself to feel outrage at the injustices occurring against them every goddamn day. It's called humanism. If you can only stand up for people just like you then you're an asshole. Okay? Okay. Moving on.

It's funny how this rosé works out. It's a peach colored and the first aroma on the nose is peach. Beyond that there's aromas of walnuts, pastry glaze and white cranberry. In the mouth it's medium bodied and not as acidic as I expected. There's flavors of peach, white cranberry, and even a bit of raspberry. It finishes peachy and yeasty.

Oh man this is just so delicious! But the one speed bump here is that it comes with a price tag of $35. The quality is good but it's chuggable and not all that complex. It's straight-forward and delicious. Would you regret spending the money? Not at all. Would I point out a handful of other sparkling rosés at the same price to you first? Yes. If you already had it in your hand would I suggest you put it back on the shelf in favor of something else? No.

Price: $35
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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