Mattebella Vineyards NV Famiglia Red

Posted January 18, 2013 by Lenn Thompson in Regions

Say what you will about Long Island wine prices, but I’ve recently tasted at least three reds for under $20 that I’d happily drink any day of the week, including this blend of merlot and cabernet franc – Mattebella Vineyards NV Famiglia Red ($17).

Clean, ripe-but-not-over-ripe fruit — primarily black cherry and plum, is accented on the nose by a light sprinkling of spice and leaf tobacco.

Lean and lively, the focused, medium-bodied palate shows similar fruit qualities as well as well-integrated lighter tannins, table-friendly acidity and a low oak footprint. There is a charming purity of fruit here that I appreciate. And, with some time in the glass, more of the spice and tobacco notes from the nose re-emerge on the palate — along with a gently earthy edge.

Producer: Mattebella Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 12.7%
Price: $17*

(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)