Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wine Review: Lieb Cellars Reserve 2014 Merlot


Great googelymoogely! 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, then Reserve 2013 Sparkling Rosé, and today we've got the conclusion with 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.

Tonight's selection for a tasting soundtrack is Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique because I'm in the mood for nasty rhymes and killer beats. SHAZAM AND ABRACADABRA!

The Reserve 2013 Merlot is 83% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot. It saw open top fermentation, 22 days of maceration, 100% malolactic fermentation, and 10 months aging in Hungarian oak. The ABV is 12.9%.

WHEW! THAT WAS INTENSE!
IMAGE CREDIT: capitalbay.news
The color of the wine is purplish red. The nose blew my socks right off. There's explosive aromas of black cherries and blackberries, with black olive, driftwood and beach sand. The nose is every Merlot lover's wet dream because it's a perfect combination of dark fruit heaven and earthy bliss. Remember to change your sheets.

In the mouth it's medium bodied, high in tannin, and has a surprisingly bright acidity. There's a slight touch of sweetness but it's all gravy, baby. It belongs there.

The flavors are black. Black cherry, blackberry, black olive and black tea. It finishes with tongue and teeth void of saliva from the tannin, the corners of your mouth gushing with saliva from the acidity, and flavors of black cherry and black tea.

Remember "my dad could beat up your dad" from when you were a kid? My $24 Merlot will beat up your $24 Merlot. You have got to be kidding me with that price. This is one of the best deals in Merlot that I have come across yet. Lieb Cellars just curbstomped your dad with this wine.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $24
Rating: 5/5 = Highly 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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