Thursday, June 28, 2007
Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage 2004 Wine Review (NW)
Nice nose of mixed berries, cherry, and vanilla
More berries on the palate
Finishes smoothly with blueberry accents, toasty oak, and more vanilla
I'd say this is crafted in a very typical style of Sonoma County. It has rich fruit, smooth texture, and toasty oak accents. While it's not actually a Cabernet Sauvignon, it's a Meritage with 78% Cab. A Meritage (rhymes with heritage) must have certain classic Bordeaux grapes in the blend, but this one screams Cab. The other components include 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc.
If you are looking for value priced wines that show off the Sonoma County style, try this one. It reminds me of Sebastiani Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and runs in the same price range. I paid $13 on sale, marked down from $15. Raise a glass!