A November 2014 Hamptons Wine Club Long Island Wine Selection
For a young man, Anthony Nappa has an amazing amount of experience making wine. He has worked at wineries around the world and has been making Long Island wine since 2007. He is currently the head winemaker at Raphael as well as creating wine for his own label.
In November we featured the Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 “Reminisce” Sauvignon Blanc. This wine reflects Nappa’s formal winemaking training at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand … and that’s not a bad thing. Upon opening the bottle the grassy fragrance that is a signature characteristic of New Zealand sauvignon blanc leaps out of the bottle. If you like this style of sauvignon blanc you immediately know you are going to be happy.
Pouring the wine from the bottle to your glass results in even more of the great fragrance being released. There are also notes of citrus on the nose to go along with grassiness. The wine is pale gold in color, perhaps reflecting the three days of skin contact the wine had before the grapes were pressed.
In the mouth we picked up flavors of citrus — probably grapefruit — and melon. The winemaker’s notes indicate that there should be some bell pepper but we weren’t able to pick that out. The wine has a nice acidity that makes it a very refreshing glass of wine. The flavor lingers long after you’ve had the last sip.
I can’t lie … this is one of my favorite wines that we’ve shipped recently. I’m sure we will be bringing home a case or two to serve all next summer. We are looking forward to the 2014 vintage of the Reminisce.