Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wine Review: Lieb Cellars Reserve Pinot Blanc 2015


Lieb Cellars is back yet again on the blog for Round 3! To read all the reviews I've done on this Long Island winery, as well as their great story, check out A Brief History of Lieb Cellars - On the North Fork of Long Island, New York!

This go around I'll be tackling two Bridge Lane label items, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Rosé, and two Lieb Cellar label items, 2015 Reserve Pinot Blanc and 2014 Reserve Petit Verdot.

Lieb Cellars' Pinot Blanc comes from vines planted in 1982 (ten years before the winery was founded) and they're also the oldest vines on the North Fork. Not only that, but Lieb has the most plantings of Pinot Blanc in the entire United States. When the vines were planted they were believed to be Chardonnay but, when informed by its future winemaker (Russell Hearn) that it was Pinot Blanc instead, the land went up for sale literally the next day. The buyer was Marc Lieb. He made that Pinot Blanc his flagship and built a success around it. I don't know how he did it, honestly. Every time I try to sell somebody a Pinot Blanc I get a sour look and have to explain that it's not Pinot Grigio.

COPS
When I had the 2014 Reserve Pinot Blanc back in 2015, I gave it a 4/5 in price vs. quality for Recommended at $22. I also found that it was very much a food wine that needed to be accompanied with victuals. Let's see if the 2015 is the same way.

Tonight I'll be pairing it with COPS on the television. I love this show. When there's nothing else interesting on, you know you can rely on COPS because it's always on somewhere. Right now I'm watching the classic "I didn't steal the car, I borrowed it from a friend" accompanied with "those drugs aren't mine, they were already there" scenario. So good!

So the 2015 Reserve Pinot Blanc is fermented in stainless steel, has an ABV of 11.9%, and 0% residual sugar. The color is a light yellow (in my review of the 2014 vintage two years ago I said it reminded me of the yellow on the Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys of that time, which have since changed).

I'm not getting as much pear on the nose as I did with the 2014, although it's still one of the major aromas. With it there's also tangerine, lemon peel, rose pedals and beach sand. This vintage has a lot more going on with its nose. In the mouth it's medium to full bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and a tart acidity. On the palate there's flavors of green apple, pear juice and steel. It has a lengthy finish of green apple and chalk.

I still think that this is a wine that is best served with food. Sure, it's good on its own but it drastically improves into being phenomenal when it has some consumable substance as company.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $22
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

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

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