When I find a wine I love for under $15/bottle, I just want to shout it from the rooftops.
So hear goes…
L de Lyeth 2011 Malbec!
Lyeth is based in Sonoma County, California, and is a meritage pioneer. What’s a meritage? Well first, don’t try to French-ify the word like I always want to do. Keep it simple, it rhymes with “heritage.” A combination of the words merit and heritage, the title is used to describe red wines that are blends of typical Bordeaux varietals, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot being the most common as well as others like Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
Many wines, even those with a single varietal named on the label like this one, have some small amount of another varietal thrown in to round out the flavor.
The L de Lyeth 2011 Malbec is a blend of 76% Malbec and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. The brilliant add of Cabernet Sauvignon lends an air of dark complexity to the otherwise fruity Malbec. Overall, the wine is lush and silky with flavors of dark red berries and black currants.
It’s perfect with a hearty, mildly spicy dish like my Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Bowls. The peppery curry is tamed by the jamminess while also bringing out just a hint of smokiness in the wine. Together, they make for one happy Meatless Monday. Or Wine Wednesday. Or any day of the week for that matter.
The best part? This baby is a steal at under $13/bottle! Yes, that’s correct, just $13/bottle. So what are you waiting for? Go pop open a bottle and taste for yourself how good it is.
Get the recipe for Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Bowls here.
Buy a bottle (or more) of the L de Lyeth 2011 Malbec here.
As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.