Waters Crest Winery 2007 Campania Rosso

This red blend from Jim Waters, proprietor and winemaker at Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue is delicious blend of 78% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Waters Crest Winery 2007 Campania Rosso ($50) is a limited production wine; only 77 cases of this wine were made.  I believe that this is sold out in the tasting room, but you may find it on restaurant wine lists out on the North Fork and NYC.

On the nose, delicious note of plum, cherry and chocolate dominate with  earth, spice and smoke.  Secondary aromas that develop as the wine sits in the glass are notes of cardamom, dried oregano hints of vanilla, bacon, lavender and tobacco.  There is a delicious note of an old wine cellar; a note I really like in a red wine.

On the palate, plum, spice, smoke, toasty oak and crushed pepper jump out of the glass right away.  Flavors of cinnamon, mint, currants, tobacco, earth and hints of vanilla round out the palate.

Bright acidity is up front with smooth velvety tannins.  The finish is long with hints of dried cherries and dried herbs.

Some might balk at the $50 price tag, but knowing that this is from the great 2007 vintage and all North Fork fruit, it has the ability to age.  If you have a bottle or two, you are lucky, hold onto them and open them up in a few years, they have the ability to age for a while.

Sláinte!

*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard
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About Michael Gorton, Jr.

I am a Licensed Funeral Director who is having a love affair with Long Island Wine and the people that make Long Island wine so special. I am married to my wife Melissa and live in Rocky Point. Our first son Gabriel Noel was born on July 27, 2010. We have three cats and one dog.
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