Saturday, March 23, 2013

Howard Goldberg Raves About Long Island Wines in the New York Times (NY)


Among 200 Wines, Local Reds Shine
Published: March 22, 2013

New York Times

LONG ISLAND REDS shone when eight of the Island’s producers joined 32 vintners from other wine regions on Monday in New York Drinks New York, a public tasting of more than 200 wines.

The show, sponsored by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, a trade association in Canandaigua, in the Finger Lakes region, was held in Manhattan at the Astor Center.

Among the reds, I found the earthy cabernet francs particularly appealing: Bedell Cellars’ vibrant 2010 ($40), the perfumed 2010 from Wölffer Estate Vineyard ($22), Palmer Vineyards’ light-bodied 2009 ($29), Macari Vineyards’ high-flavored 2008 ($35) and Raphael’s powerful 2010 ($24).

Of 42 East End wines I sampled, the most accomplished red was Paumanok Vineyards’ very Bordeaux-like 2010 Assemblage ($50), a seamless mélange of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and cabernet franc that promises many years in top form.

My favorite white was Bedell’s 2010 Taste White ($35), a daring blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, gewürztraminer and viognier displaying a patisserie scent and a swirl of subtleties.

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