Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Eric Asimov Raves About Shinn Estates in Long Island


A Small Vineyard Helps to Put Long Island on the Map
By ERIC ASIMOV
Published: June 16, 2009
MATTITUCK, N.Y.

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THE history of grape growing and winemaking out here on the North Fork of Long Island reaches back just a few decades, a mere sliver of a moment in viticultural time.



Even so, Shinn Estate Vineyards is a newcomer. Its first vines were planted here in 2000 on the old Tuthill Farm, less than a mile from the Long Island Sound. The first wines came with the 2002 vintage. Neither Barbara Shinn nor David Page, the proprietors of Shinn, had ever grown grapes or made wine before, but their wines, made with the help of several North Fork winemakers, were good right away.

With their 2002 merlot, which I first tasted in 2005, I was hooked. The 2003 was even better, and the 2005 better yet, balanced with an aroma of violets and an earthy flavor of plums and minerals.
These were not profound wines meant to tax the analytic vocabulary and the bank account. They were simply delicious, the sort of wines I’d be delighted to open for dinner at any time.

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