Just a quick note on a nice Long Island wine. We’ve covered a number of wines from Palmer Vineyards in the past. They are located at the west end of the North Fork and were founded by Bob Palmer back in the 1980s. They produce a wide variety of red and white wines.
Palmer’s 2011 41/72 Merlot is their lower-priced Merlot offering. (41/72 refers to the latitude and longitude of the North Fork and is used on their other entry-level wines.) We had tasted this at the same time we tried Raphael‘s First Label Merlot several weeks ago.
This wine was light red in the glass — more of a strawberry or Christmas (perhaps sienna) red. We didn’t pick up a lot on the nose when opened, maybe a little cherry but not much. In the mouth it was soft and immediately accessible. The winemaker notes say this was aged in barrel for 24 months to make it ready for early drinking and our experience bears this out. It has a nice acidic backbone on the finish.
This wine isn’t going to rock your world but it is perfect to go along with a Wednesday night pizza.