The main red wine selected this month is Raphael‘s non-vintage Cabernet. This wine is a blend of two cabernet grapes: cabernet sauvignon (40%) and cabernet franc (60%). The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak before bottling. The winemaker indicates that you can expect the wine to have flavors of bright fruit and a medium body. You should note some berry and licorice with an earthy finish.
The second red that we sent to our members was Osprey’s Dominion‘s 2010 Malbec. (You may remember that last month we selected their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon as our second red.) This wine won a Gold Medal at the 2013 New York Wine and Food Classic. It is 81% Malbec, 17% Merlot and 2% Tannat (a grape that is high in tannin and often used to add a little backbone to a soft wine.) This wine was aged for 26 months in French and American oak, 35% of which was new French oak. If you crack a bottle you should taste some plum and black cherry flavors.
This Month’s White Long Island Wines
You might notice a pattern this month. Our main white wine selection is Raphael's 2013 Riesling. This wine is made from 100% riesling. It was cold fermented for 8 weeks in stainless steel. It is a semi-sweet expression of the grape, unlike last month's dry version from Paumanok Vineyards. According to the winemaker it has a floral nose with hints of honeysuckle and citrus blossoms. You should find some lime zest, apricots and minerals on the tongue.
Finally, the second white that we shipped this month was Anthony Nappa Wine' 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. It is 100% sauvignon blanc and was fermented in stainless steel tanks. It has some bell pepper and melon in the mouth with some grapefruit and gooseberry on the nose. We think it should have paired nicely with roast turkey.
We will be posting our own tasting notes on these wines over the next several weeks. And we will be shipping our December selections the week of December 15th. Cheers!