Love for Long Island

Long Island gets some love from Food & Wine magazine in their November issue. In an airy feature in the back of the book, Ray Isle offers “American Red Wine Made Simple.” Under a simple chart titled “top regions, top reds” Long Island is listed last for its merlot. In the “Basic Wine Picks” column is the 2001 Lenz Estate Selection Merlot. The “Benchmark Wine Picks” column has the 2006 Bedell Cellars Reserve Merlot. Both are current releases.

I tried to get some 2002 out of Lenz for a 2002 merlot tasting flight I’m serving at the restaurant right now (it was a great under-the-radar year) but they’re not labeled yet.

On the list is the 2002 Medolla Merlot. I got the last six bottles at The Tasting Room. The 2002 Raphael First Label Merlot, which is to be released soon, and the Osprey’s Dominion 2002 Reserve Merlot. There’s about 16 cases left and it’s not cheap, but it is delicious. Minty and chocolately in the vein of Pomerol. The 2005 is a winner, too.

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3 responses to “Love for Long Island

  1. I wish the 2003 Medolla were any where near as good as the 2002. Sadly, as with many locals, the vintage variation is obvious between the two years.

    The 2002 Raphael First Label is out btw…has been for some time actually.

  2. cellarette

    When I tried to buy it, the saleswoman told me it hadn’t been released yet.

  3. The 2002 First Label is only available retail at the winery and has not been released yet to the wholesale market. But of course we can always make an exception..;-)

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