Category Archives: Merlot

Medolla Vineyards 2007 Merlot

The goal of any winemaker or at least  what I think a winemaker tries to do with grapes brought in from the vineyard is a simple one;  Capture the essence of the vintage in the bottle.  When you taste a … Continue reading

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Shinn Estate Vineyards 2009 Estate Merlot

There is no question that merlot is king on the North Fork. All vineyards have a percentage of their land with it planted. Year after year it shows very well. In 2009, the weather was not as hot as say 2007, … Continue reading

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Bedell Cellars 2009 Merlot

In case you have been living under a rock or not on Facebook or twitter or do not have access to network television or even daily news papers, Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue will have the honor of having its 2009 Merlot … Continue reading

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Martha Clara Vineyards 2009 Merlot

The 2009 vintage on Long Island had one of the longest growing seasons on record.  Thanks in part to an extend spectacular fall that allowed vineyards to hang fruit a bit longer.  Most of the white wines I tasted from … Continue reading

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Clovis Point 2005 Merlot

Clovis Point Vineyards in Jamesport on Route 25 was always a vineyard that we would either hit or miss.  It has nothing to do with their wines, for some reason we would drive right past it. We have had great … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Tasting the Future: Shinn Estate Vineyards Shinn-Dig

A few weeks ago — OK about a month ago, Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck held their 7th Annual “Shinn-Dig”  This is an opportunity for the Shinn Estate Vineyards extended family — those that support them and buy their wine’s throughout the … Continue reading

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Pindar Vineyards 2007 Merlot

When most think of Long Island red wine most think of Merlot.  When you ask folks who know about some of the best Long Island vintages they will point to 2007 as being one of the best yet – from … Continue reading

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A Long Overdue Visit to Peconic Bay Winery

It has happened to us all before.  We go out to eat at a restaurant and the experience was not up to par.  You come home underwhelmed and say to yourself, “not going back there”.  Could have it have been … Continue reading

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Lenz Winery 1998 Merlot

I love to wander around wine shops.  I get lost.  Just like some people get lost in a library or their favorite book shop.  I get lost in a wine shop, always looking at the bottle lying on their side. … Continue reading

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TasteNY: Tasting Some Of New York’s Great Wine

Lenn Thompson, editor and publisher over at the New York Cork Report started this project TasteNY over a year ago.  His idea was this: “get the great beers, wines and spirits made in New York into the hands of bloggers … Continue reading

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Raphael Vineyards 2001 First Label Merlot

This bottle had some dust on it.  It was laying on it’s side all the way at the bottom of the wine rack at a wine shop near where I work.  I knew it was a Raphael from foil cap … Continue reading

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Scarola Vineyards 2002 Merlot

I wanted to go old school the other day and decided to pull out Scarola Vineyards 2002 Merlot from my cellar. I don’t have too many old wines, because they don’t get a chance to hang around that long.  But … Continue reading

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Shinn Estate Vineyards 2006 Nine Barrels

I was brough to my knees with this bottle of Shinn Estate Vineyards 2006 Nine Barrels Reserve Merlot ($43).   It is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot.  It is called Nine Barrels because Shinn Estate Vineyards  chooses the best … Continue reading

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Pindar Vineyards 2007 Reserve Merlot

This bottle was given to me a while ago from Pindar when I was out visiting with Pindar and Les.  I remember him telling me to wait to have this.  And that I should share it with my family over … Continue reading

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Medolla Vineayrds 2003 Merlot

EDIT: After this post, John Medolla from Medolla vineyard was in touch with me.  He wanted to let me know that their website is back on-line after a technical glitch.  Please go to Medolla Vineyard to find out a little bit more about … Continue reading

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