Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lenndevours Reviews New Long Island Winery Croteaux Vineyards

Lenndvours, as you wel know, is one of my favorite wine bloggers. Here's the article he just recently wrote on a new Long Island Winery.

June 02, 2008
Croteaux Vineyards' 2006 Releases

As the Long Island wine community has moved into adolescence, several smaller wineries have popped up on the Island — some focusing on a single style or even one wine. Sparkling Pointe, for instance, has released it's first — you guessed it — sparkling wines. And, Medolla Vineyards, for now anyway, is making merlot.

And then there is Croteaux Vineyards, a new producer owned by Michael and Paula S. Croteau. They focus solely on merlot-based rose wines, and they make three of them.

While a new winery, Mr. Croteau is no stranger to Long Island wine scene. As creative director of Croteau Design, he has designed logos and labels for many local wineries. His eye for design comes through not only in the labels for his own wines, but also in the bottles themselves, two of which are uniquely shaped.

The Croteaus grow merlot, cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc in their their 10 and a half-acre vineyard, which was planted in 2003, selling about half of the fruit to other wineries — namely Channing Daughters Winery and Scarola Vineyards. For their own wines, they turned to industry veteran Richard Olsen-Harbich, who makes the three roses that comprise the Croteaux portfolio at Raphael in Peconic, where he serves as winemaker.

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