Benmarl Winery 2010 Slate Hill Red ($19), a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, petite verdot and malbec source primarily from Long Island, shows aromas of plums, cherries, dried herbs and raw oak on a slightly underripe nose.

Soft and approachable, the palate is low on tannins but has just enough acidity to provide some structure. It’s plummy with dried herbs and leaves on the finish. Simple and solid, but unremarkable.

Producer: Benmarl Winery
AVA: New York
ABV: 13%
Price: $19*


(2 out of 5, Average)