Palmer Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Palmer Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

An October 2014 Hamptons Wine Club Long Island Wine Selection


This review is being posted a few days late because the Palmer Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was a little controversial when opened. Palmer, located at the western end of the North Fork of Long Island, has had a number of its wines featured by the wine club over the years. They deliver good quality at a moderate price point.

The wine is a beautiful rich ruby/burgundy color in the glass.  There is little lightening around the edges.  We detected some spices — especially cinnamon — and dried fruit on the nose.  Miguel Martin, the winemaker, suggests that there are also notes of leather and cigar box, though these were muted in our bottle.

When first opened, the wine had a strong acidic backbone.  The acid overwhelmed the other flavors: the spices on the nose carry through in the mouth as well as some plum and berries.  The wine was almost bracing, which we would not normally seek out in a cabernet.

This was strange because it was not our experience when we first tasted the wine.  So we decided to taste the wine several times over the next several days.  And we are glad we did.  The acid gradually subsided and the fruit and spice began to shine.  By the fourth day this became a very enjoyable wine, much more of what we had expected.

Bottom line, if you only have one bottle of the Palmer Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon you might want to let this bottle put a few more years of age on before opening.  However, this wine is affordable enough that you might want to buy a case and open a bottle every six months so you can see it evolve over time.

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