This Month’s Red Long Island Wines
The main red wine selected this month is Osprey’s Dominion 2009 Cabernet Franc. This wine is 88% cabernet franc and was aged for 14 month in French oak. The winemaker says you should expect aromas of raspberry with notes of cinnamon and summer herbs. We would expect moderate tannins and the raspberry to carry through to the taste.
The second red that we sent to our members was Palmer Vineyard‘s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. As we’ve noted before, 2010 was an excellent vintage and we think this wine is a winner. It is 100% cabernet sauvignon, aged 16 months in French oak. When you taste it you can expect blackberry, plums and a hint of vanilla from the oak. This wine was produced with soft tannins which will make it more approachable at this point in its life.
This Month’s White Long Island Wines
The main white wine selected this month is Palmer Vineyards‘ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. We also served this wine at Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s Cooking Experience. This wine is 100% sauvignon blanc and was aged entirely in stainless steel tanks so there is no oakiness to this wine. It is pale straw in color and you’ll find it tastes of citrus and green apples with some mineral undertones. There is little to none of the “grassy” characteristic often found in these wines.
Finally, the second white that we shipped this month was Paumanok Vineyards‘ 2013 Dry Riesling. This is the second months in a row that we’ve chosen to share a riesling and when you taste this you will see why. This Paumanok is 100% riesling, fermented in stainless steel. If you are put off by sweeter rieslings we think you will want to try this one. According to the winemaker you will pick up notes of lime, green apples, lilies, lilac and other white flowers on the nose and should taste lime, green apple and white apricots.
As always, we’ll be posting our own tasting notes for these wines throughout November.