I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed tasting the wines produced by Judd Wallenbrock at Humanitas Wines. Judd mentioned to me that he always tries to "over-deliver" with his wines, and given their cost of $15, I think he succeeds. The Cabernet Sauvignon was very good and we served the Chardonnay and Merlot over the long weekend.

Humantias’ 2001 Edna Valley Chardonnay isn’t your typical California Chardonnay. Overflowing with pineapple and honey, it’s imminently drinkable and dodges the flabby oak the region is sometimes known for. If you like some of Long Island’s better Chardonnays, you’ll probably like this one too. Crisp and refreshing, it’s a delectable seafood foil. 996 cases produced.

Before I tasted the Humanitas 2003 Monterey County Merlot, Judd told me that it’s "Not your average Merlot. So many are light, innocuous and boring. This one definitely has a style that makes a statement." He’s right. And, at 15 bucks, this is a great value Merlot from California…one of the best I’ve tasted. It’s rich with blackberries, smoke and black pepper spice. Deep and interesting, it’s my favorite of the three current Humanitas offerings.