Lieb Cellars 2016 Bridge Lane Red Blend

85 points

A lighter bodied red with brisk acidity standing in place of tannins for structure. It’s the kind of wine best enjoyed with red sauce Italian food Monday through Thursday when you just want a glass of wine that you don’t have to think much about, but will also be delicious in its plummy, blackberry fruitiness with more subtle notes of violets, spice and earth.

Producer: Lieb Cellars 
Grapes: 44% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon
 New York
Barrel Program: 6 months in older Hungarian oak barrels
ABV: 12.9%
Price: $20

* Review sample provided by the winery


Made with 44% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon — all grown on the North Fork — it was also aged for six months in older Hungarian oak barrels.

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