The Holidays are coming up fast. We’ve chose a few wines that are sure to receive complements from your friends and family.
This Month’s Long Island Red Wines
Our main red wine selection this month is Jamesport Vineyards‘ 2008 East End Cinq. Jamesport Vineyards is one of the first wineries your come to as you work your way east on Route 25 (Main Road) on the North Fork. There is a good reason that red blends are some of the most popular wines in America these days. Many of France’s great Bordeaux wines are a blend of five grapes; Jamesport has taken this idea and adapted it to grapes that thrive on Long Island.
East End Cinq is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir. It has a silky mouthfeel, beautiful dark fruit aromas, and finishes with a hint of black pepper. You will find that this wine is a great accompaniment to almost any meal (or sip it on its own).
Our second red wine selection this month is from one of our mainstays: Osprey’s Dominion 2010 Merlot. This winery is about 11 miles east of Jamesport Vineyard on Route 25 in Peconic. 2010 was a great year for Long Island reds. The smart wine drinker will buy as many bottles of this and other 2010s as they can afford.
This wine is 76% Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc thrown in for structure and color. It was aged for 18 months in both French and American oak barrels. This resulted in a medium-bodied wine with some nice tannins that will continue to smooth out and integrate as the wine ages. When you open the bottle you will smell classic dark plums and berries with some smoke and vanilla. There is some fruit in the mouth but also hints of chocolate, mint and tobacco. You’ll be thinking Right Bank Bordeaux when you try this one.
This Month’s Long Island White Wines
November’s main white wine selection is Macari Vineyards‘ 2014 Early Wine. This Early Wine is the first wine released by any of Long Island’s wineries and is made in the style of Austria’s early white wines. Macari’s consulting winemaker, Helmut Gangl, brought the idea for this wine from his native Austria and Macari has been producing it for a number of years. We think it is a tradition that should continue for many years to come.
The Early Wine is 100% Chardonnay. You will find apple, lemon and and pear on the nose when you open the bottle. This carries through on the palate: it has a zippy acidity that carries the flavors of granny smith apples, lemon rind, ripe Asian pear, grapefruit and lemon thyme. It was fermented in stainless steel and never touched any oak barrels. This is a fun, limited-production (1,232 barrels) wine you are sure to enjoy.
The other white wine we are featuring in November is Laurel Lake Vineyards‘ 2013 Chardonnay. This is the first wine from Laurel Lake that we’ve featured. The winery is located just 3 miles down the road from Jamesport Vineyard on the western end of the North Fork. Juan Sepulveda has been the winemaker there since 1999 when he and some friends purchased the winery.
We think this Chardonnay will provide a nice contrast to the Macari Early Wine even though it is also 100% Chardonnay and fermented in 100% stainless steel. This is more of a fruit-driven wine with pineapple, lemon and mineral flavors. The wine has a soft, creamy finish and is the perfect accompaniment for salads and light appetizers. Invite a few friends over, open these whites together and have a mini-tasting. We’re sure you won’t have any problem finishing both bottles.