It seems that just about everyone interested in Long Island wine knows Castello di Borghese,
located on Route 48 in Cutchogue. You see, before the property was bought by Marco Borghese (an Italian prince) it was Hargrave Vineyard, where Alex and Louisa Hargrave founded the Long Island wine world back in 1973.
If you're visiting Long Island wine country, you really should stop by Borghese to get a taste of that history. Focus on the pinot noir and cabernet franc when you're there.
This Castello di Borghese 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Estate ($20) is a pale straw-yellow in the glass and while a little timid on the nose, offers candied lemon peel, honeyed citrus, jalapeno pepper and herbs aromas.
The medium-to-full bodied palate it citrusy, with more of that honey-fruity character up front with a field filled with herbs and jalapeno as well. The mid-palate is lush and fills the mouth with just barely enough acidity. The finish, which lingers nicely, is dry and features a lemon pith note.
Producer: Castello di Borghese
AVA: North Fork of Long ISland
(2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)