Producer: Lieb Cellars
Region: North Fork of Long Island AVA
ABV: 12.9%
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Lieb Cellars 2017 Estate Merlot
88 points

The nose is fruit-forward with aromas of red raspberry, plum and black cherry with some cola notes and a subtle bit of oak.

Medium bodied, the palate is cherry driven with a hint of cocoa powder, some spice and an earthy vein throughout. Approachable today, there are still some tannins here that should allow it to develop in-bottle for some time (especially under a screwcap). Today, a nice bit of freshness in the form of acidity makes it food friendly.

As an aside, I think it's great that they've dropped the "Reserve" moniker from wines like this one. The Lieb line (rather than Bridge Lane) is the core line for the winery.

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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