Posts Tagged“merlot”

amy-vineyard

Press releases are not something we usually get too exited about at the NYCR desk, but in this case we are very pleased to to share the news that our own contributor, the very talented Amy Zavatto, will be taking the helm of the Long Island Merlot Alliance. As an eastern Long Island native, Amy is returning to her roots both literally and figuratively. We look forward to seeing her great energy and fine word-smithy directed at promoting wines that are a signatures for Long Island wine country.   LONG ISLAND MERLOT ALLIANCE KICKS OFF 10th ANNIVERSARY  AND WELCOMES ITS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMY ZAVATTO   MATTITUCK, NY (March 1, 2015) – The Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of top wine and spirits journalist Amy Zavatto as Executive Director.  With 2015 marking the 10th anniversary of LIMA, Zavatto will lead the charge on a year-long campaign of…

medolla-2004-merlot

It’s rare that one can go buy a fully mature Long Island wine right off the shelf, but Medolla Vineyards offers that opportunity with the current release Medolla Vineyards 2004 Merlot ($19). Yes. 2004. Current. Release. The Medolla wines are made at Lenz Winery under the watchful eye of Lenz winemaker Eric Fry. The 2002 was one of the most underrated merlots on the North Fork when it was released and the 2007 was a killer value a few years ago when it hit shelves. The 2004 — no doubt given extra time in bottle to even out some of the rustic edges — offers a great lesson in mature North Fork merlot. Most of the black cherry fruit aromas have faded, with scents of loamy earth, dried thyme, graphite and spice box taking their place. The palate is similarly mature in terms of flavor. It almost lacks fruit completely, with all…

ksv-2013-rose

Last year, Keuka Spring Vineyards winemaker August Deimel crafted one of the NYCR tasting panel’s top two 2012 roses, so when he sent  the 2013, it didn’t take me long to get it in the tasting queue. Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 Wiltberger Vineyard Field Blend Dry Rose ($17) is completely different from that stellar 2012.  It’s a field blend — a blend of lemberger, cabernet franc, merlot — and smells of trawberries and cream with hints of peppery spice and spring flowers. The dry, medium-bodied palate is richer than the 2012, with watermelon and red cherry flavors backed by more of that creamy character and subtle white pepper and earthy notes on the end of a rather short finish. That creaminess is balanced nicely by a squirt of citrusy acidity. Producer: Keuka Spring Vineyards Blend: Lemberger, cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon ABV: 12% RS: 0% Production: 101 cases Price: $17* (2.5 out of 5, Average-to-Very Good) .

race-wines-2010-merlot

Race Wines is the new label from veteran North Fork winemaker Greg Gove, who most recently served at Peconic Bay Winery’s winemaker. The current releases were made at PBW before it closed, but he is now making his wines at Lenz Winery. I expected Race Wines 2010 Merlot ($20) to taste a lot like Gove’s Peconic Bay Winery 2010 Merlot, and while there are some similarities, they are far from the same. Aromas of cherry cordial and strawberry preserves are backed by notes of cocoa powder, toasty oak and vanilla — all with a smoky edge. The palate is dense and extracted — certainly more extracted than its Peconic Bay Winery sibling — with ripe, concentrated flavors of red fruits, cocoa nib, dark roast coffee and a minty-menthol note at the end of a medium-length finish. Ample tannins that are grippy and drying provide a nice counter point to the somewhat…

paumanok-2010-merlot

Paumanok Vineyards‘ “white label” merlot is often among the best values in under-$30 North Fork merlot. The Paumanok Vineyards 2010 Merlot ($28) continues that tradition with its fresh, fruity aromas of black plum and black cherry backed by high-toned floral notes and a sprinkling of grilled savory herbs. Well-balanced and juicy, the medium-bodied palate is fruit-forward and fruit-driven. Crunchy fresh cherry qualities mingle with flavors of plum, violets, and grilled and woodsy herbs. The tannins are well integrated and round while still providing grip. A medium-long finish lingers nicely with floral and cherry skin notes. It’s bottled under screwcap (of course) so it should be fine in your cellar for several years, but it’s tasting pretty great right now. Drink up. Harvest Date: October 8, 11, 18, 2010Yield: 2.5 tons/acreBrix at Harvest: 22.8, 24.4 ABV: 14.05% RS: 0.1% TA: 6.78 g/l pH: 3.42Blend: 82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Program: 17 months in 34% new French oak, the remainder in…

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Merliance—the alliance of Long Island producers of quality merlot and merlot-based blends—seeks an Executive Director to run its non-profit trade association. The group, formerly known as Long Island Merlot Alliance, needs to replace Donnell Brown, who has left the group to become SeniorMarketing Manager at Wolffer Estate. From the announcement: [box_light]Our Executive Director will work from home on a part-time basis (approximately 16 hours/week), ensuring our organization runs smoothly, gains stature and new members, achieves our marketing and research goals, and annually produces our cooperative blend, also called Merliance. Our ideal candidate is a self-starter, capable of/comfortable with working independently from home, has good communication and people skills, and excellent organizational and project management skills. Please have at least 5 years’ prior experience in PR/marketing/communications, and Web and social media skills. Experience in the wine industry is preferred, and experience in grantwriting is a plus.[/box_light] To request a detailed job description and/or…

GoR-2006-merlot

The first Grapes of Roth merlot release since Wolffer absorbed the brand, the Grapes of Roth 2006 Merlot ($44) reflects the less-than-perfect growing season, but still maintains the reputation the label has earned since debuting with a 2001 merlot. Nutty oak and loamy earth lead the way on the nose, with understated fruit in the form of dried cherries and blueberries beneath. Meaty and mouth-filing, the palate features cottony tannins that frame restrained, slightly tired fruit flavors that mingle with toasty oak, graphite and a dried mint note. On day one, the finish shows a slightly bitter edge that softens on day two, when the wine is more harmonious and smooth. Producer: Wolffer Estate Vineyard AVA: North Fork of Long Island Brix: 23.4 Yields: 2.22 tons/acre ABV: 13.5% TA: 3.9 g/l pH: 3.83 Oak Program: 40% new and 60% 1-year French barrique Production: 220 cases Price: $44* (3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)

peconic-bay-winery-lot-7-merlot

Peconic Bay Winery “Lot #7″ Merlot ($15) is 100% merlot from Peconic Bay Winery’s estate vineyards, and offers a high-toned, plummy nose with notes of plum skin, violets and cranberry. Light bodied and framed by just enough acidity (rather than tannins), the palate offers a peppery edge to just-ripe cherry and plum flavors that turn a bit under-ripe and stemmy on the finish. Simple and gulpable, it’s a solid effort from a tough growing season, but nothing more. Producer: Peconic Bay Winery AVA: North Fork of Long Island ABV: 1.2% Price: $15* | Buy now from Empire State Cellars (2 out of 5, Average)  

lenz-2008-es-merlot

Lenz Winery and winemaker Eric Fry have earned their reputation on the backs of old-school, Old World-styled wines made on the North Fork of Long Island. What isn’t discussed nearly enough, however, is the value their wines deliver. In a region where winery prices have escalated significantly over the past five years, the prices for Lenz wines have remained near-constant. The most expensive red, their Old Vines Merlot, is $55 and their most expensive white, their Old Vines Chardonnay, is $25. At those prices, those wines are typically good local values, but perhaps the best value — consistently, vintage after vintages — is their Estate Selection Merlot. Fry doesn’t make the ES bottling every year (they make the Old Vines label even less often) but the current release, Lenz Winery 2008 Estate Selection Merlot ($24) over-delivers for the price, even if it’s not quite as good as other recent vintages. 2008…

Regan Meador in his Kickstarter pitch for Southold Farm & Cellar indicated that he wants to plant some “weird grapes” on the North Fork of Long Island rather than more chardonnay and merlot. The April edition of Wine & Spirits Magazine presents the results of a survey of the most popular wines served in U.S. restaurants. The trends are that the preference for chardonnay continues to decline from 27% to 12% over the past decade, while sauvignon blanc continues to increase and is now in the 8% range, while the preference for sparkling wines at restaurants is in the same 8% range. Among red wines, cabernet sauvignon has decreased in preference to 15%, while pinot noir has increased rapidly to 18%. Merlot is stable at 2% to 3% where it has been for years after a dramatic decrease some 10 years ago. With 200+ samples the data has reasonable credibility…