This Month’s Long Island Red Wines
The main red selection this month is Onabay Vineyards‘ 2012 Blue Heron Merlot. The small-production (only 324 cases produced) Blue Heron Merlot is a blend of Merlot (85%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Malbec (5%). It was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. This will be a medium-bodied wine with elegant tannins and bright acidity. Look for notes of plum and bing cherries in the mouth. This is the second time we’ve featured an Onabay merlot; the 2010 was our selection back in September.
Our second red selection for May was Anthony Nappa Wines‘ 2013 Bordo. “Bordo” is the traditional Italian name for Cabernet Franc. This wine is 100% delicious Cab Franc and was made in a traditional rustic Italian style. You should find some notes of licorice, graphite and raspberries. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks with the juice seeing no oak at all before bottling. It also was not filtered before bottling.
This Month’s Long Island White Wines
The primary white selection for May is Raphael‘s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. This is the first wine from the 2014 vintage that we’ve shipped and it should be a great one. It shows exceptional natural balance. This wine was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain fresh fruit flavors. It exhibits a beautiful floral nose of citrus blossom, has flavors of grapefruit, lime and minerals and a crisp dry acidic finish and is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. We’ve featured a number of Raphael red wines in the past; we think our members will definitely enjoy this white.
Finally, our second white selection is Lieb Cellars‘ 2011 Pinot Blanc. If you usually stick to chardonnay or sauvignon blanc when you drink white you are in for a treat with this wine. 2011 was an excellent year for white wines. This wine is made from 100% Pinot Blanc. The color in the glass will be a soft, straw yellow. You will smell some apple, pear and rose petals. And in the mouth you will find fruit, flora and minerals in the mouth.
If you are a member we think you will really enjoy this month’s selections. If you are not a member, seek these out from your local retailer or from the wineries. Then become a member. Cheers!