Harvest is in full swing. The weather continued to be great. 2015 should be another good vintage on Long Island.
This Month’s Long Island Red Wines
Our main red wine selection for this month is brand new this year: Shinn Estate Vineyards‘ 2014 Mojo Cabernet Franc. This wine was featured in the New York Times‘ “20 Under $20” column by Eric Asimov on October 28th. We were happy to see that Asimov agreed with our selection.
Below average rainfall and a warm, extended growing season led to balanced fruit with solid acidity and moderate alcohol. Arguably one of the best vintages — completing the third year in a row of stellar growing conditions. This 100% cabernet franc saw no oak in its fermentation and was made for easy drinking. We think you’ll want to load up on this wine once you taste it.
Our second red selection this month is Macari Vineyards‘ NV Collina Merlot. Macari is located on North Road, down the road from Palmer Vineyards (whose chardonnay is featured below). Winemaker Kelly Urbanik crafts this wine for everyday drinking.
The latest Collina release is rustic and charming at the same time—it is the perfect wine to open anytime for its straightforward, fruity character and excellent pairing ability. Aromas of strawberry and violet mingle
with baking spices on the nose. The palate mimics the nose and adds a touch of black pepper on the round, smooth finish. It is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% a mix of four other grapes. It spends a year in oak before being released.
This Month’s Long Island White Wines
We were able to score our main white wine selection this month from another young winery on the North Fork: OR Wine Estate‘s 2010 Chardonnay. OR is a small winery producing only 140 cases of wine each vintage so we were very excited when we were able to procure this wine which was created by Gilles Martin, a winemaker who styles wines for a number of Long Island wineries.
This stainless steel chardonnay is the palest of yellows. Classic chardonnay notes of apple and pear are complimented by tropical fruit notes of melon, pineapple and banana. This wine starts leaning towards sweet, but has a decidedly long dry finish. It is 100% Chardonnay and this vintage, unlike the 2013 and 2014, was aged in oak barrels.
Our second white wine selection this month is from one of our go-to wineries: Palmer Vineyards‘ NV 41/72 Chardonnay. Palmer is a little west of Macari and this wine is named after the latitude and longitude of the winery.
To emphasize fresh varietal expression, this wine was not barrel aged. Crisp and refreshing, our 41/72 Chardonnay has vivid citrus, melon, spiced and floral aromas that echo in the lively flavors. Because of this the wine pairs easily with a broad spectrum of food, especially white fleshed fish, shellfish, poultry, and most anything with a cream sauce. It is made from 100% chardonnay and 100% stainless steel fermented. Enjoy this one all year round.