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Wine Recommendation

Lieb Family Cellars 2004 Bridge Lane Bubbly  (North Fork of Long Island)

Lieb Family Cellars

2004 Bridge Lane Bubbly
(North Fork of Long Island)

Lieb Family Cellars' Blanc de Blancs, made entirely using the Pinot Blanc grape, has long been a favorite of mine. But at $35, it's not the sort of bubbly I can keep on hand for casual, everyday consumption. Luckily, Lieb has recently introduced a sparkler as part of their second-label Bridge Lane product line - a 2004 Bridge Lane Bubbly ($27).

Bright and impressively flavorful from the first refreshing sip, this affordable bubbly is made with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay by French-born Gilles Martin (formerly of Martha Clara Vineyards and currently winemaker for Sherwood House Vineyards and Sparkling Pointe). This is a really nice value in traditionally made, local sparkling wine. Apple, honey, and faintly yeasty aromas and flavors come through here with a slightly creamy mouth feel, fine bubbles, and nice acidity.

Reviewed May 27, 2008 by Lenn Thompson.

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The Wine

Winery: Lieb Family Cellars
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Bridge Lane Bubbly
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: Pinot Noir (60%), Chardonnay (40%)
Price: 750ml $27.00

Review Date: 5/27/2008

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.