Sunday, June 10, 2018

Wine Review: Bridge Lane White Merlot 2017

June is Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month on!

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.

The 2017 White Merlot is 86% Merlot, 8% Pinot Blanc, 3% Riesling, and 3% Viognier. It was fermented for twenty-seven days at 60° F using EC-1118: Prise De Mousse yeast to preserve fruit flavors. It saw no maceration, no malolactic fermentation, and three months of maturation in stainless steel tanks. Harvest was in September 2017, bottling was in January of 2018, and it has a 12.0% ABV.

The color of the white is a super light bronze. Cracked stone looms above aromas of grapefruit, lemon, spices, and a faint hint of mint on the backend. It's still medium bodied and it still has a round and milky mouthfeel that gets pushed aside by ridiculously tart acidity. On the palate it has simple and lively flavors with lemon, green apple, and steel. Then it finishes with lemon and intense acidity.

By description it's almost exactly like the 2015 vintage and the outcome is the same. It's something fun and different to suggest for the $15 Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc drinker. Hell, it's a dry White Merlot that's pretty darn yummy so it's something fun and different for everybody to try. And I still think it'll be great with fish tacos.

Price: $15
Rating: 4/5 = 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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