08 Mar Our 2015 Estate Selection Merlot in Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Empire State of Merlot! Thanks for including us Alex Peartree!
“Merlot is grown across many of New York’s varied wine regions, from the Finger Lakes to the Niagara Escarpment, but nowhere is it more prevalent than Long Island, where it accounts for about one-third of total plantings.
The eastern end of the island, about a two-hour drive from New York City, is dotted with bucolic farmhouse vistas interspersed with rows of vines, some of which have been there nearly half a century.
The region is fraught with high humidity throughout the growing season and threats of hurricanes in late summer and early fall, which means that consistency from vintage to vintage can be elusive.
However, the fickle maritime climate and sandy, well-draining soils have proven hospitable to many Bordeaux varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. None show more consistency than Merlot, a grape that reaches peak ripeness earlier and more reliably than others.
Varietal and blended bottlings that incorporate Merlot can be found in nearly all of Long Island’s 70-plus wineries. The hallmark plushness, supple tannins and rich, plummy fruit are all here, along with a burgeoning sense of place that’s exciting to see in an evolving wine region. —Alexander Peartree ”
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