Macari Vineyards 2012 “No. 1″ Sauvignon Blanc
Macari Vineyards winemaker Kelly Urbanik Koch made one of my favorite wines of last summer, from sauvignon blanc. This wine, Macari Vineyards 2012 “No. 1″ Sauvignon Blanc ($27) is a completely different animal, however. Half the fruit for this wine was skin fermented in a 500L barrel and the other half was left on the skins for one night in a stainless steel tank.
Notes of canary melon, fresh hay, white flowers, Meyer lemon and tangerine mingle on a nose that is muted right out of the fridge but opens up a bit more as it warms to room temperature. Broad and mouth-filling with noticeable tannic structure, the palate shows underripe melon and citrus flavors with a layer of hay and a bit of dried apricot on the end of a medium-long finish.
AVA: North Fork of Long Island