It’s July and summer is in full swing. Fireworks. The beach. The sun. The wine. We think we’ve picked a few bottles that will help those long summer days go smoothly.
This Month’s Long Island Red Wines
Our main red wine selection for this month is Macari Vineyards‘ 2012 Estate Merlot. Macari, located in Mattituck, is one of the wineries receiving high marks from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. They had four wines rated at 90 points and higher making them one of the premier wineries on Long Island.
The 2012 Estate Merlot is mostly merlot (88%) supplemented with four other red grapes: cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petit verdot. It opens with a lovely bouquet of plum, strawberry, cherry and a hint of vanilla. There are red fruit flavors on the palate. The wine was aged for 18 months in neutral oak barrels which results in a very smooth finish. Perfect with a steak right off the grill.
Our second red selection this month is Paumanok‘s 2012 Festival Red. Located in Aquebogue, Paumanok is one of the first wineries you will come across as you drive up Route 25 from Riverhead. It also got great reviews in the Wine Advocate. We’ve shipped a number of their wines, both red and white, because they never disappoint.
The 2012 Festival Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (52%) and Merlot (48%). It is a lighter-bodied wine, a perfect accompaniment to burgers or grilled chicken. Take a sip and you’ll find flavors of cherries, plums and spice. This is a great sipping wine for a summer cookout.
This Month’s Long Island White Wines
Our main white wine selection this month is Sherwood House Vineyards‘ 2012 Oregon Road Chardonnay. Sherwood House is located in Jamesport, right up Route 25 from Paumanok. It has been a while since we’ve selected a Sherwood House white wine, but we couldn’t pass up this one.
Only 660 cases were made of this unoaked Chardonnay. It won a Silver Medal at the 2014 New York State Wine & Food Classic. It is a light “summery” wine with notes of citrus, mandarins, ripe apples and pears. Its “sur lies” aging (left on the lees from the yeast for several months) adds some body and roundness in the mouth. Pairs very well with seafood.
Finally, our second Long Island white wine selection is Macari Vineyards‘ non-vintage Collina Chardonnay. Macari makes a series of chardonnay wines and the Collina (Italian for “hills”) is delicious. It is 100% chardonnay and, like the Sherwood House above, only fermented in stainless steel tanks.
You will find this wine to be crisper than the Sherwood House chardonnay. It has a nice acidity and aromas of almond, white peach and citrus. In the mouth you will taste pineapple, apples and pears. Perfect when the temperature soars in July and August.