Posts Written OnSeptember 14, 2010

Macari Vineyards 2009 “Katherine’s Field” Sauvignon Blanc

By Lenn Thompson You just can't discuss Long Island sauvignon blanc without a mention of Macari Vineyards in Mattituck. For years they've put out consistently good renditions. In recent years, they've added a second sauvignon with subtle oak influence, but the Katherine's Field is the classic, all-steel edition that I've enjoyed for several years. The Macari Vineyards 2009 Katherine's Field Sauvignon Blanc ($23) is a bit lighter on the nose compared to some other local sauvignon, but is still fresh, grassy and citrusy — particularly showing white grapefruit and a little lime. Lithe and showing more grass-over-grapefruit character, the palate…

Blind Tasting at Shinn Estate Vineyards: Proof Blind Tasting is Fun… and Humbling

There are far worse things that blind tasting on the porch at Shinn Estate Vineyards By Lenn Thompson It's great when a plan finally comes together. David Page, co-owner of Shinn Estate Vineyards (that's him with the pony tail on the left in the picture above) and I had talked about blind tasting some of his wines against comparably scored wines from the rest of the world for months and months. A couple weeks ago, it finally happened. David and his wife Barbara Shinn invited Nena and me out to the winery/inn/their home for dinner with some of their friends…

What We Drank (September 14, 2010)

 This is what our editors and contributors were drinking last week… Lenn Thompson: Persimmon Creek Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc (Georgia) Anyone who knows me — or at least my wine tastes — knows that I'll at least try cabernet franc from just about anywhere. So, when Persimmon Creek Vineyards in northeastern Georgia (the state, not the country) asked if they could send me theirs, I jumped at the opportunity. I don't know much about wine in the southeastern United States — in my mind it's often blocked off together as scuppernog country — but Persimmon Creek has riesling, merlot, seyval…

TasteNY with Shinn Estate Vineyards is Tomorrow

By Lenn Thompson One last reminder that TasteNY featuring the wines of Shinn Estate Vineyards is tomorrow night at 8 p.m. I know that quite a few of you have purchased our TasteNY 3-Pack, which includes: Shinn Estate Vineyards 2009 "First Fruit" Sauvignon Blanc Shinn Estate Vineyards NV Red Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007 Nine Barrels Reserve Merlot We will kick off right at 8 p.m. using the hashtag #TasteNY. I recommend either using TweetDeck or for these sorts of tastings — they seem to be the best options. Make sure that you're following me @LENNDEVOURS and @ShinnVineyard as well!

2010 Harvest Update: Sauvignon Blanc at Croteaux Vineyards

Photo courtesy of Michael Croteau Michael Croteau, co-owner of Croteaux Vineyards, Long Island's only rose-only winery, picked sauvignon blanc last week. Yes… sauvignon blanc for a rose producer. He reports via email that: "We picked Sauvignon Blanc on Sept 8th. This is the first year we haven't sold this fruit and will make our own wine with it. We will be doing something really interesting with this, in keeping with our "Rosé Only" identity. Stay tuned!" The fruit came in at 4.2 tons per acre with 22.4 Brix, 2.88 pH and TA of 11.4 g/l.