Anna Lee Iijima

Anna Lee Iijima

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Germany and New York.

Anna Lee C. Iijima joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010 following a career in corporate law. She holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student in the Masters of Wine Program. She also holds a certification in Viticulture and Vinification from the American Sommelier Association and is a Certified Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council. She currently reviews wines from Germany and New York, and writes frequently on saké, food and wine pairing for the magazine.

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Paumanok 2014 Chenin Blanc (North Fork of Long Island)

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Zesty acidity and an enticing slick of honeycomb lend varietal character to this lavishly floral, peachy white. So spry and revitalizing, with a salty tang of minerality, it’s surprisingly still the only Chenin Blanc grown in New York.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
91
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Paumanok 2014 Dry Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)

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This is a stand out rosé amidst an excellent lineup of New York pinks this vintage. Made from Cabernet Franc, it juxtaposes plump, silken mouthfeel against bright, crisp red cherry and bramble berry notes. It’s a sprightly, yet concentrated and deeply satisfying sip.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
91
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Channing Daughters 2012 Ramato Pinot Grigio (Long Island)

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Like rose gold in a glass, this skin-fermented Pinot Gris glimmers with complexity. Aged in a combination of French and Slovenian oak, it’s lavishly aromatic, penetrating the palate with tones of potpourri and spice, citrus rind and smoked tea leaves. Tart tangerine acidity lends vibe and refreshment through a long, long finish.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
90
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Lamoreaux Landing 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)

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Pretty white floral and peach notes perfume this fresh, fruity unoaked Chardonnay. While lush and rounded on the palate, it balances bright honeydew and yellow cherry flavors against a backdrop of crisp acidity.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
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Anthony Nappa 2014 Anomaly Rosé (New York)

  1. $20

This barely-blush Pinot Noir vinified like a white wine (with no skin contact) is rapidly becoming a new Long Island classic. It’s gorgeously aromatic, wafting of cherries and citrus blossom. The palate is brisk and zesty, yet mouth-filling, concentrated in crisp peach and red cherry flavors.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
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Channing Daughters 2014 Mudd Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Long Island)

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An intoxicating whiff of musky floral perfume persists throughout this bright, full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc. Gooseberry and white grapefruit flavors are tart and crisp, gaining plushness through the addition of Chardonnay in the blend. Elegant and substantial in mouth feel, it finishes long.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
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Channing Daughters 2014 Rosato (Long Island)

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This dry Merlot rosé is the benchmark from which to compare each of Channing Daughter’s seven rosato wines this vintage. It’s elegantly framed, perfumed with waxy-white florals and crisp strawberry and cherry notes. Dry and crisp, yet luscious in body with a lingering touch of bramble on the finish.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
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Channing Daughters 2014 Sculpture Garden Rosato (Long Island)

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Hints of fresh sage lend complexity to cheery watermelon, berry and cherry notes in this refreshing dry rosé. It’s buoyantly floral with a concentrated, peachy palate. A blend of predominantly Merlot with proportions of exotic Teroldego and Blaufranksich lending structure and naunce.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2015)
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