David Schildknecht of the Wine Advocate reviewed some New York wines for the August issue of the newsletter and two Long Island wines receieved 90 points on their 100-point scale: the 2007 Channing Daughters Tocai Friulano and the 2005 Paumanok Cabernet Franc.
Channing’s 2007 Sauvignon Blanc received an 89, as did the Grapes of Roth 2007 Riesling. Channing’s 2007 Pinot Grigio received an 87, as did Shinn Estate Vineyard’s 2007 Coalescence, blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon, viognier, and chardonnay.
Detroit News wine columnist Sandra Silfven, who was a judge in the 2008 New York Wine and Food Classic, has written a column on her experience.
As part of the judging fun, Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which organized the competition, included ringers in various rounds — remember, judges never know the identity of the wines they judge. We later learned the list of ringers included the 2006 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay and 2002 Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia, both of which got Double Gold.
But she also mentions the 2005 Paumanok Petit Verdot, a gold medal winner. Only 76 cases were made.
I love the way petite verdot is growing out here, and I’ve only tasted it out of barrel before it was used in a blend. I’m interested to taste a wine made only from petit verdot.
The samples I’ve tasted, from Pellegrini and Raphael, were rich and sachet-scented.