This Month’s Long Island Red Wines
The main red selection this month is Raphael‘s 2011 Estate Merlot. This will make a nice contrast to the Raphael non-vintage Cabernet (cabernet franc/cabernet sauvignon blend) we shipped in November. The Estate Merlot is a blend of Merlot (75%), Petit Verdot (13%) and Malbec (12%). Like many Raphael reds it was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. 2011 was a cool vintage and the red wine grapes did not ripen as fully as the 2010 vintage. But the best winemakers were still able to make good-quality wines. You can expect a medium-bodied wine that will be food-friendly.
Our second red selection for December was Suhru Wines‘ 2010 Red, a blend of merlot (75%), petit verdot (13%), cabernet franc (8%), shiraz (3%) and cabernet sauvignon (1%). Without the shiraz (syrah) it would be close to a right-bank bordeaux blend. Like the Raphael merlot (above) this wine is a merlot-dominant blend but from a warmer vintage. The winemaker describes this wine as “big and bold”. We are expecting some tannins and a hint of vanilla from its barrel aging.
This Month’s Long Island White Wines
This month’s primary white selection is Osprey’s Dominion‘s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. Last month we featured the Anthony Nappa 2013 Sauvignon Blanc; we’ll be comparing the two in a future post. This month’s wine is 100% sauvignon blanc and was fermented in 100% stainless steel. The wine should have a refreshing acidity with citrus notes in the mouth and some grassy aromas on the nose.
Finally, our second white selection for December is Castello di Borghese‘s 2012 Chardonnay. 2012 started out hot and ended with Hurricane Sandy. Choosing the right time to harvest grapes was key to producing good wine that year because the early hot weather turned to cooler temperatures in late summer/early fall. This chardonnay was 100% fermented in stainless steel tanks. The winemaker’s note says to expect lemon, butter cream and vanilla in the mouth.
We will be posting our own tasting notes on these wines over the next several weeks. And we will go back to shipping our January selections the third week of January. Cheers!