Peconic Bay Winery “Lot #7” Merlot ($15) is 100% merlot from Peconic Bay Winery’s estate vineyards, and offers a high-toned, plummy nose with notes of plum skin, violets and cranberry.

Light bodied and framed by just enough acidity (rather than tannins), the palate offers a peppery edge to just-ripe cherry and plum flavors that turn a bit under-ripe and stemmy on the finish.

Simple and gulpable, it’s a solid effort from a tough growing season, but nothing more.

Producer: Peconic Bay Winery
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 1.2%
Price: $15* | Buy now from Empire State Cellars

(2 out of 5, Average)