Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wine Review: Bridge Lane Red Blend 2016

June is Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month on!

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.

The color of the wine is crimson. And let me tell ya, taking my first sniff made me throw my head back in surprise. It smells pretty damn awesome! Aromas of violets and plums that are almost pruned lead it off, and then there's blackberries, vanilla, cola, and tea. I love the nose of this wine. "You can get this in boxes and kegs?" I thought, "Really?"

On the palate it's medium bodied and has a lush and almost caramelled mouthfeel. The aromas on the nose come right back for more in flavor: plums, blackberries, vanilla, cola, and tea. Then it finishes with blackberries, a candied coating on your teeth, and dusty tannin on the tongue.

I could smell it all night. But overall, it's a nice red blend to kick back on pizza night or Taco Tueday. Delicious, uncomplicated, right in the average consumers price range, and made in New York. It's absolutely got the support of this Masshole. (Go Sox)

Price: $15
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (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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