An October 2014 Hamptons Wine Club Long Island Wine Selection
Paumanok is almost the definition of the family-owned artisanal Long Island winery. Started in 1983 by husband and wife duo Charles and Ursula Massoud, the couple’s children are now intimately involved in the production and marketing of the wine. They only use their own estate-grown grapes to produce less than 9,000 cases of wine each year across a variety of grapes.
We chose to include Paumanok’s 2013 Dry Riesling in our October Club selection. It provides a nice contrast to the Palmer sauvignon blanc that was also shipped that month. When we do the tasting notes for our selections I always include my wife (a chef with an excellent palate). When she took her first sip of this wine she exclaimed (and I do mean exclaimed) “This is the second best riesling I have ever tasted!”
Now, a bit of explanation is in order. I was brought up on German riesling wines. My mother was born in Luxemburg and we always had riesling in the house. Try as she might, my wife has never enjoyed the wines I was brought up with — they were too sweet for her palate. And if you enjoy that style of wine, you may not find this to your taste.
This is a riesling made in a dry style. Different from the sweeter wines you might normally expect when you think about riesling but excellent in its own right. It’s light yellow in the glass.