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.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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