Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Scarola Merlot of Long Island

Scarola Vineyards is a small Long Island wine producer dedicated to honoring and sustaining a family tradition begun generations ago in Bari, Italy, a port city on the Adriatic Sea where Frank Scarola's ancestors toiled as farmers and winemakers. In 1947, Frank's father came from Bari to the United States. Over sixty years later, inspired by his family's traditions, Frank is fulfilling his dream of producing delicious wines from grapes grown on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island, a European-style growing region blessed with microclimates and soils ideal for winegrowing.

Frank's wines are handcrafted. Scarola makes only 500 cases a year. And for every job at the winery, there is a Scarola manning the position. It is a family affair. Roman Roth is the consultant winemaker, who works with Frank to make the wines. I'm a huge fan of Roman's, as are many people. Their Merlot is special. The 2005 'Masseria' Merlot has been a huge critical success. Look at the awards.

2008 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition – Silver Medal
2008 Florida State Fair – Bronze Medal2008 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirit Competition – Silver Medal
2008 New York Food & Wine Classic – Silver Medal
2008 Wine Lovers International of Tasters Guild – Silver Medal
2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Silver Medal

This is a nice deep wine with dark color, and big, beautiful nose. Aromas and flavors of bright black cherry, blackberry and plum come through as promised.

A wonderful find and definitely worth searching out! Congrats to all the Scarolas!!!!!