Lyeth Estate, established by Chip Lyeth in 1981, was one of the first wineries in California to pursue the unique complexity and composition achieved by the marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and the other traditional Bordeaux varieties known as Meritage. In fact Lyeth was one of the founding members of the Meritage Association founded in 1988, has played an integral role in helping to define this unique style of winemaking. Today, Lyeth continues its legacy of blending in its Sonoma County wines. Blending has become highly respected in the winemaking community. The fundamental principal is that by combining different wines together, the final wine is of higher quality than the individual components on their own. Almost every wine is blended in some way, whether it is a blend of different vineyards, different clones of the same varietal, different lots of the same varietal, separate and distinct fermentation containers or finished wines with different aging regimens. At Lyeth this is the focus, in fact they source from vineyards planted with the sole purpose of blending varietals together in the end. That being said this 2012 is a classic Meritage blend of 35% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It's aged in oak for added not of complexity and the wine is enticingly supple and smooth. It shows flavors of bing cherry, blackberry and brown spices on the palate. This blend of flavors exhibits a good balance between acids and tannins that end with long sikly finish. On SALE!!