Here is a very special, very small production wine made from a single varietal that we have released only twice before. Let us introduce you to this delicious bottling of our 2017 Dornfelder. Dornfelder is a black grape variety originating from a German crossing of two vinifera grapes called Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe. Dornfelder has great pigmentation, is juicy and aromatic. We have blended in a bit of Pinot Noir (3%) and Pinot Grigio (2%) for elegance, acid balance, as well as flavor and aromatic complexity. This wine was raised in older oak barrels for seven months and bottled by gravity. All the fruit was hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed by foot, punched down by hand and fermented with wild/ambient yeast. This is a darkly fruited, brambly, savory and delicious bottle of wine. Our 2017 Dornfelder is super youthful and will benefit from decanting (if drinking now) as well as another 4-5 years of time in the bottle. This wine has wonderful juicy acidity so match with rich, fatty fish dishes, braised meat dishes, roast pork and wild boar pappardelle in addition to smoked bluefish, wild salmon, lobster thermidor and surf and turf! 85 cases produced. 3 bottle max per customer.
Long Island Lagrein...delicious, singular, expressive and downright super-cool! This is our seventh vintage bottled of our Lagrein as a red wine and we are thrilled with the results of our planting (and we want more). Lagrein is a bit of an off the beaten-track variety for the East End as we are the first winery growing and making wine from this great black grape variety that hails originally from the Alto Adige in Northeast Italy (there is now another block on the North Fork, yay!). Our 2017 version has a deep purple almost opaque color with clean, super youthful, sexy aromas and flavors of blue and black fruit, like blueberries and black raspberries; along with black pepper and graphite, purple flowers (iris and violets), cocoa, stone, mineral and an alluring exotic resin note. This is seriously distinctive stuff. It is a satisfyingly rich, deep red wine with an uplifting elegance and lightness of being likely due to the juicy acidity and the wine's medium-body and moderate alcohol. As always, this vintage of Lagrein saw the grapes hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed by foot, punched down by hand and fermented ambiently...old-school! This wine then spent seven months in older neutral oak barrels. It stayed in barrel without movement until we racked and bottled the wine on April 25th, 2018. Only 92 cases of this divine Lagrein were bottled so don't sit around if you want to take possession of your allocation! This is tasty now but is so young and tightly wound and will develop well in the bottle for at least 5-6 years and will drink beautifully for at least a decade more. Pair this dynamic red wine with rich, savory fish dishes like monkfish wrapped with pancetta or swordfish with an olive tapenade or tuna atop seared foie gras as well as stews and braises, grain and rice dishes, especially with mushrooms and roasted meats. This would also be fantastic with cured items like speck and lardo either on a charcuterie board or even atop some crispy flatbread or pizza. 3 bottle max per customer.
Wow, the new vintage of Petit Verdot is delicious! We now know and are convinced of the great potential of Petit Verdot here on Long Island. We have made Petit Verdot into a delicious red wine in the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now 2017 vintages and there is no doubt it is a star in our cellar. Petit Verdot is a black grape variety most often found in the red blends of the Medoc region of Bordeaux. Planted in small quantities around the world it is a small-berried, thick skinned variety. Our 2017 version is comprised of 85% Petit Verdot all from the Mudd West Vineyard on the North Fork and 15% Merlot. The 2017 Petit Verdot is a dark, dry, spicy red wine full of black and blue fruit character. The wine is very aromatic. Purple flowers, minerals, blueberries, black currants, wet stone, wild blackberries, and exotic spice are all there. So too is depth, purity and sex appeal. The wine is long, enticing, concentrated, textural, complex...simply delicious! There is balance of fruit character, moderate alcohol, juicy acidity, ripe, grippy tannins and integrated oak. As with all our red wines this wine was made from hand-harvested fruit that was de-stemmed, stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. The wine was raised in older/neutral oak barrels for 17 months. This wine will match fantastically with prime rib, roast lamb and pork, grilled steaks, mushrooms, duck confit, squab and grain dishes. Our 2017 Petit Verdot is really a baby and while approachable and delectable now the wine will continue to improve in the bottle for more than a decade. We only made a little bit, 148 cases, so don't wait on securing some. It's not going to last that long! 6 bottle max per customer (and put at least three or four of those bottles away for a long time!)