Lieb, Meet the Linc
Despite the lingering aftertaste of blood following the Eagles’ busting at the hands of America’s Team, Philadelphia fans eked out a small victory at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday when Lieb Cellars, the consistent and consumer-friendly Long Island vintner, quietly introduced tap wine at the stadium’s Touchdown Club. It’s a coup for the winery’s marketing presence in Philly, and, along with another keg program coming soon to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will help increase local exposure to this up-and-coming wine region.
In partnership with the Iggles’ Go Green environmental program, the wines (Lieb’s Pinot Blanc and Alumapu Pinot Noir, a Chilean wine they import) will be served from 19.5 liter (approx. 26 bottle) kegs made from 100% recyclable PET plastic. “Without bottles, closures or labels, these kegs reduce waste as well as production costs,” said Lieb marketing director Logan Kingston when I met her recently at the winery. “Which helps reduce the price of the wine.”
The Pinot Blanc, as well as Lieb’s Bridge Lane Merlot, which will be served at the Convention Center in the near future, are both approved and available through the PLCB.
My notes on the wines:
Lieb Cellars Bridge Lane Merlot 2011
A sharp, crowd-pleasing red with bright and ripe fruit. Vibrant, uncomplicated and keen for foods from pizza and pasta to game-time nosh like burgers and cheesesteak. Screw top closure. $16.99 from the PLCB.
Lieb Cellars Pinot Blanc 2012
Sly, sweet-spicy-floral aromas and pale color suggest a European-style aromatic white primed for victuals. A complex, semi-dry beauty that picks up cleanly where its standout predecessor left off. The balance of the wine is striking, pitting expressive citrus, pear and tropical flavors against structure provided by a core of acidity, bite and mineral reinforcement. With warmth and air, the elements build wonderfully. Can handle spice, poultry, robust seafood and plenty more. $17.99 from the PLCB.
Alumapu Pinot Noir 2011
Earthy, lighter bodied Pinot with good levels of fruit, salinity, slate/metal and floral. A pleasing, slightly feminine quaff with in-check alcohol levels but an unfortunately diminished finish. Big PN junkies should steer clear. Stick to light fish if pairing. Unavailable through the PLCB.