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paumanok-2012-cabernet-franc

Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Franc ($24) has a ripe, but varietally correct nose of blackberry and plum fruit with notes of dried autumn leaves, dried herbs and woodsy spice. With a bit of time in the glass, the faintest scent of grilled asparagus emerges as a tertiary aroma. Cottony tannins and crunchy, fresh black cherry and blackberry flavors are accented nicely by more woodsy spice, dried herbs and plum skin on the medium-bodied palate. I appreciate the restrained oak — that really lets the fruit shine on this ripe but far-from-heavy red that begs to be enjoyed at the table with dinner. The finish is medium long and shows nice fruit and spice qualities. This is a great representation of Long Island cabernet franc in a lower-oak footprint style. Producer: Paumanok Vineyards AVA: North Fork of Long Island Blend:  90% cabernet franc, 10% merlot Price: $24 (3.5 out of 5 |…

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Harvest season is nearly upon us across New York wine country. In fact, I’ve heard reports of grapes destined for sparkling wine coming in this week. It’s a busy time of year at every winery — and it has been for me too as we worked to finalize this month’s picks. This is a pretty classic ESC club shipment — we focus on the grapes that regions do best as well as some of New York’s top producers. I hope you enjoy the picks as much as my friends and I have of late. “Hello New York” Wines Raphael 2013 First Label Sauvignon Blanc: Sourced from the estate’s oldest sauvignon blanc vines, this intensely aromatic white shows aromas of ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon verbena and minty herbs. Fuller bodied and mouth-filling, the palate shows more of that concentrated citrus character with hints of quava and papaya. That herbal edge is…

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If you’ve taken the drive out Route 25 on the North Fork east of Riverheard and stopped in at Paumanok Vineyards in the last 8 months,  you’ve likely met Anthony Quattrone. A self-described jack-of-all-trades Quattrone spends most of his time in Paumanok’s tasting room pouring for, educating and giving tours to all those who stop by the vineyard. But, as many in the industry do, Quattrone wears multiple hats and also manages fulfillment of wholesale accounts, works in the cellar and assists with harvest for Paumanok. A Long Island native, Anthony is originally from Coram, NY and after moving around he has returned to the town where he was raised. Like many, Quattrone’s first foray into the workforce was in the corporate world where for five years he worked in human resources and marketing. It was his decision to pursue a new wine passion that led him to a part-time summer tasting…

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…

paumanok-2012-petit-verdot

Though still a somewhat rare oddity, varietal petit verdot has become a bit more common here on Long Island — and many of them are delicious in their intensity. Unfortunately, many of them are also quite expensive, up to $100 per bottle, making them less accessible for many customers. Enter Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Petit Verdot ($28) — not cheap, but the rare under-$30 local example. It also might be my go-to burger wine this summer. Want to experience young petit verdot? It’s all here with aromas of blueberry, black licorice, molasses, banana peel, white pepper and violets. All of the color, acidity and tannic structure that make petit verdot a great blender is also on full display here, giving this wine a rustic edge and making me crave a big, juicy burger with a good char and sharp cheddar. The flavors are a bit more one dimensional than the nose…

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The fact I was bundled in down from head to toe while I cruised the block sto Astor Center reminded me (as if I could forget) that it’s still winter. For the third year in a row, NY DRINKS NY presented its Grand Tasting featuring nearly 32 wineries from across New York State. Manhattan in mid-March sits on the precipice of spring meaning new wine releases and desperate hopes for balmy weather, even though the mercury says, “Bitches, we’re still in winter.” Well, I don’t care. My taste buds are firmly planted in backyard grilling, delicate sunshine, snap peas and throwing my threadbare mittens in the garbage. I approached the tasting not just to see the new things coming out of the Niagara, Long Island, Finger Lakes, Hudson or the rest, but to say farewell to my winter cabs and bourbon-laced cocktails. The calendar says it’s almost spring and I’m…

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Yesterday, ahead of this morning’s rain showers, the folks at Paumanok Vineyards harvested chardonnay that will become their 2013 sparkling wine. Most people don’t know that Paumanok makes sparkling wine — mostly because winemaker Kareem Massoud only started his sparkling program with the 2009 vintage. That wine will be debuted at the winery’s 30th anniversary party later this month.  

paumanok-lamb-roast

Paumanok Vineyards is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and as part of the celebration, the winery recently announced its 3rd Annual ilili Lamb Roast on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $150 per person ($125 for wine club members) and the menu just looks ridiculous — in a good way. I have yet to make one of these dinners — but maybe we’ll be able to make the childcare situation work this year! Assorted Mezza Hommus, Garlic Minted Labne, Basil Labne Roasted Eggplant Tartar Homemade Goat Yogurt Cheese Salad with Foster Farms Heirloom Tomatoes and Torpedo Onions, Finca La Capellania Olive Oil. Foster Farm, Purslane and Lebanese Thyme Salad with Green Almonds Charred Okra Salad, Summer Squash, and Blossom Pistou Grilled Octopus, Preserved Lemon, Lebanese Thyme Salsa Verde, Red Chilies Roasted Whole Lamb Shoulder, Sumac, Aleppo Pepper Charcoal Grilled Long Island Duck, Fig Garlic, Pistachio Tahini Lamb Tongue…

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This weather cycle has not been particularly kind to those attempting to visit or live and work on the East End in 2013. The Blizzard Formally Known as Nemo shut down the LIE for days and less-than-aggressive snow clean up on residential streets made it a little hard to get around out here. Fear not! There’s a way for Long Island wine loving concrete jungle dwellers to get a fix of something new and different from the North Fork without leaving Manhattan. Or even Midtown. Although she doesn’t look a day over 70 and her marble staircase is as grand as ever, Grand Central Terminal turned 100 years old this month. February 1913 was not only the first time one could visit the newly completed station, but also marked the opening of a new restaurant — The Grand Central Oyster Bar. To help celebrate this momentous event, Paumanok Vineyards has…