2012 Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage

SKU #1177602 Wine & Spirits

 A velvety blend based on merlot, this is simple but clean, its strawberry-red fruit lifted...It’s light enough for roast chicken.  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

Lyeth's Meritage is a blend of the five red Bordeaux varietals with 58% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. With grapes sourced from select vineyards across Sonoma County, it is the flagship wine of the estate and delivers an excellent value. From the winery: "A brilliant garnet in color, this Meritage is rich with aromas of dark cherry, plum, and boysenberry with subtle notes of mocha and cedar completing the nose. Flavors of blackberry and anise are lush and pronounced on the palate and are followed by hints of brown spice and maple. This blend of flavors exhibits a good balance between acids and tannins that ends with a very smooth finish."

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2016 | Send Email
This is a great go to bottle for folks who like their reds domestic, full-bodied, smooth, rich and affordable. There is a reason that this is a best seller: simply put, you can spend much more money and not get a better wine for the style. California Cabernet lovers should buy this by the case.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
Black fruit and pomegranate aromas and flavors; soft tannins and some spice; clean finish. Cab gives this a nice backbone, fullness from the Cab Franc and Merlot, and spice from the Petit Verdot and Malbec. What is not to like? A real crowd-pleaser!

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2016 | Send Email
This is one of our best domestic red blends under $20.Full bodied and black fruited with toasted oak characteristics on the nose, this wine has a smooth velvety texture, displays depth with a hint of cocoa and licorice and finishes with mild tannins. Rich and delicious, this is a perfect casual dinner party pick!

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2015 | Send Email
A perennial staff and customer favorite, Lyeth is one of the most approachable wines we carry. Dark fruit, mocha, and blackberry lead into a smooth and wildly long finish. No need to decant here, just rip and sip this one.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2015 | Send Email
Dark fruit, a touch of spice, oak and chocolate on a medium to full bodied palate with moderate tannins and respectable length. All for $15? You betcha, this is one of the best deals in CA red here at K&L.

By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2015 | Send Email
Year after year, this Cabernet based wine beats most wines in this price category in quality. Vibrant black and blue fruit wrapped by soft tannin, spice and just touches of Mocha and cedar. Lyeth was founded over 25 years ago and now is part of the BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES.

By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2015 | Send Email
Lyeth has been making wines since the early 1980s. The 2012 Sonoma County Meritage continues their streak of success in offering low-priced, good values. The Merlot is dominant in this year's blend, giving more blueberry and plum notes. On the palate are flavors of blackberry fruit, cedar, and chocolate. It's medium to full bodied and quite the treat for $15.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5