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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wine Review: Lieb Cellars Estate Cabernet Franc 2016

June is Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month on!

Lieb Cellars Estate Cabernet Franc 2016

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 read all of the reviews from this month.

The 2016 Estate Cabernet Franc closes out  Bridge Lane & Lieb Cellars Month! I hate it when these themed months are over. If you'd like to see what I thought about the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc, check out my review from 2015.

This is 80% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Merlot, from Lieb's estate grounds on the North Fork of Long Island. Open-top, punch down-fermentation was used with yeast strain BRL-97 for its fast start, moderate speed, and good malolactic fermentation. It macerated for twenty-two days (including three days of pre-ferment), saw 100% malolactic fermentation with Hansen Viniflora bacteria, and spent ten months in Hungarian oak. Harvest was in November 2016, bottling was in January 2018, and it has a final ABV of 12.8%.

Hello, Cabernet Franc my love. I have waited for you. You look so beautiful tonight. Ruby red and such clarity. We can do away with the full preliminaries, cherie. You see, my radiant flower, I am the captain and you are my first mate. Promotions will follow quickly! *end Pepe la Pew accent* Yeah, I kind of have a sexual thing going on with Cabernet Franc. Sorry.

Violets and raspberries explode off the nose with mint, sweet tobacco, and a big ol' clump of dirt not far behind. It's medium bodied with a lush mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and high acidity. The fruit on the palate is super juicy with raspberries and cranberries, and there's also flavors of cola and earth. Then it finishes with cranberries and tobacco.

This is a very bright and juicy Cabernet Franc this vintage. From what I have read it was a rather difficult year for Cabernet Franc on Long Island, which would explain the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and why it's so drastically different from the 2013 vintage. Although it's not what I was expecting, it is hella delicious and will make a really good summer wine for those looking for such a thing at $30.

Thank you to Bridge Lane and Lieb Cellars for making this month dedicated to their wines possible. It's been so awesome reviewing your wines the past few years, and I look forward to reviewing more in the years to come!

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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