Research Cab is a very special red wine that generally only our wine club gets to enjoy since it is made in such small quantities. Born out of a long standing relationship with a "Research" vineyard on the North Fork we fashion a deliciously expressive wine out of what is essentially a field blend of many different varieties. Our 2013 vintage is comprised of 38% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 16% Chardonnay, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Refosco, 4% Lagrein, 3% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Blaufrankisch, 2% Segalin (an almost forgotten Bordeaux variety), 1% Barbera, 1% Malbec, 1% Sangiovese. All the fruit (red and white) for this wine was harvested by hand, de-stemmed, stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. After primary fermentation (40 days) the wine was racked to all old neutral French and Slovenian oak barrels where it spent twenty two months. The wine was only racked (moved) once and 158 cases were bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on August 12th, 2015. Beautiful clarity and a deep ruby red hue coupled with pronounced aromas of red and black raspberry, cherry, black plum, dark bramble fruit, spice, purple flowers, earth and wet stone are met with an elegance of texture and a supple, smooth silky palate with enough underlying tannic structure and juicy acidity for the wine to develop and improve in the bottle. This is a young wine and while delicious already, will easily improve in the bottle for the next 6-8 years. Since it is hard to resist now we recommend splash decanting the wine before you plan on consuming it! Pair this luscious, tasty red with Long Island duck, herb crusted lamb chops, beef and pork roasts or mushroom and grain based dishes. But there isn't much 2013 Research Cab to go around...first come first serve, sorry...so don't tell too many people and be sure to take advantage of the six bottle max per customer sooner than later!