Let the trumpets blare! “Hear Ye! Hear Ye!” Imagine the elders about to read a note from the king…that is what is playing in my head as I sit to write this, my first official wine review.
So I guess, to many, this is no surprise, I have decided to open a bottle of Shinn Estate Vineyard’s 2006 Wild Boar Doe ($30).
Let me first start off my telling all of you, those that don’t know me, my wife and I were married there September 6, 2008. And this wine and this vintage was our wine of choice, so it holds a special place in my heart. But this will be unbiased(to the best of my ability), I figure that I should do this tasting first then move on to the other wonderful wine we have on Long Island.
Shinn Estate Vineyard is located at 2000 Oregon Road in Mattituck. At Shinn Estate Vineyard they practice sustainable organic farming. The wine they make is a hands on, labor of love that Barbara Shinn and David Page work hard at and participate in along with winemaker Anthony Nappa.
Now on to the tasting…Upon opening the bottle and pouring my first glass, there is a very strong black pepper, spicy, berry on the nose, maybe even a little cherry. On the palate, I taste some blackberry, raspberry, slight prune, with coriander spice flavors. In the mouth the wine is velvety and just a little acid. Finish is smooth, some pepper and maybe just a hint of vanilla bean.
After I let the wine sit for about 30 minuets, nothing has changed. But an hour later, wow…very aromatic. The spice has moved to the back and the ripe blackberry and raspberry is front and center with maybe a little cherry. The flavors continue on to the palate, with the peppercorn spice flavor at the end. And the finish is incredibly smooth and has just the right amount of acid. As this wine sits and aerates, the bright raspberry and blackberry aroma develops and is transitioned beautifully to the palate and finish.
4 hours later this is singing! Big blackberry nose and peppercorn finish, with a linger of dark chocolate.
Shinn’s Wild Boar Doe is a play on words, it represents a Bordeaux style wine…get it…wild Bordeaux…This vintage consists of a blend of 40% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. This wine is a wine that goes well with roasted meats, stews and nice bold cheese, I had some Gorgonzola with my taste. It is a wine that I feel shows what Long Island wines are all about and how good they can be.
I highly recommend you pick this up at your local wine shop, but if you cannot find it, ask for it or go and visit Shinn Estate Vineyards. It is recommended that you can drink this upon purchase, but will age for a few more years to come. I plan on checking back on September 6, 2013 and giving it a try.