Sauvignon Blanc 2013 was a delicious wine. Kelly absolutely has a way with this grape. Big and powerful on the nose with lots of citrus, this wine delivers green apple, grapefruit, and lemon in a zesty enterprise of fruit and acidity. Zippy yet elegant. Well crafted Well balanced. An elegant wine that never stops having fun. Buy a case for the summer!
Chardonnay Reserve 2012 was impressive. Hints of toasty oak flow over ripe red apples and Bosc pears, with hints of vanilla and spice. This is an elegant, complex wine. I am sometimes dodgy with oaked chards, but this was done beautifully. The fruit and acidity showed through beautifully, and the oak was a nice addition to the wine, not overpowering. Absolutely a classic chardonnay. I know some people e down on Chardonnay if for no other reason than because there is so much of it on the market. Ha! Too bad there aren't more Chards like this. Fantastic!
Dos Aguas 2010 was among my favorites. I have loved Dos Aguas since they first started to make it. More Long Island wineries need to be making this kind of blend. This is the style of wine that made Bordeaux famous and what many of the North Fork wineries should be emulating. 2010 Dos Aguas is the third vintage of this wine. It is a blend of 81% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. The glass bursts forth with dark cherry, dark raspberry, red and black currant, and hints of plum. Notes of spice, vanilla, mocha, and leather also come across. Big beautiful fruit sit in your mouth like a dark sour cherry pie, and slowly dissolves into a gorgeous layer of fruit. Firm tannins
Block E Red 2012 Dessert wine was a special treat. More like a dust rose' colored wine, it had great acidity and almost a sweetness tinged with a hint of sherry. But in a stunning way. Almost like liquid figs. So impressive!!!!
The other wine I had was the estate Macari Cabernet Franc Lifeforce 2013. Again, just a gorgeous wine with ripe cherries exploding out of the glass. Nice hints of cedar, toast, spice, and red currant. A lovely, lovely wine. So impressive.
The tasting was followed by a book signing by Eileen Duffy of her new book Behind the Bottle. It is the tory of the rise and rise of Long Island wine. This was the kick off event for Eileen and the Mcari's were exceptional hosts.