When someone asked me recently if I’d ever tasted Leo Family Wines 2007 Red ($40), I scoured this site for my review… and couldn’t find one. Anywhere.

The answer is yes — I’ve had this wine numerous times, the first being a BYOB dinner I organized for a group of industry friends years ago, well before the wine was released (or even labeled). But, I’m not always as organized as I’d like to think, and apparently I never actually published a review.

Black and blue fruits dominate the nose with notes of violets, graphite, cured meat and savory herbs.

Ripe and concentrated — without being over the top — the full-bodied palate is polished but still displays a sense of place. Black and blue fruits are joined by mocha, warm, savory spice and graphite. With medium-intense tannins that are rounded at the edges, this wine is showing well now in all of its savoriness, but still has some life left in your cellar if you can be patient.

Producer: Leo Family Wines
Grapes: 80% merlot, 7% syrah, 6% petit verdot, 5% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13.8%
Price: $50 | Buy Now from Empire State Cellars