91 points

Lenz 1997 Estate Bottled Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)

According to winemaker Eric Fry, the big reason for the quality of this wine is vine age-a venerable (by LI standards) 22 years. This is a big, dense wine pumped full of black cherries and capped off by hints of cedar and coffee. Right now it's more about potential than pleasure-try to hold a bottle or two for five…  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001
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90 points

Lenz 1994 Cuvée Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)

Starts out with aromas of toast, strawberries and citrus. Tart and dry and very fresh; this should hold well in the bottle for some time. Winemaker Eric Fry only makes between 500 and 600 cases each year and disgorges it in small batches so it’s always fresh when released.  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001
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89 points

Lenz 1997 Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)

Big, bold black-cherry fruit is accented by a pinch of dried herbs. Cedary oak gives delineation and focus to the rich, smooth palate that's weighty without being heavy.  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001
88 points

Lenz 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Fork of Long Island)

Shows plenty of bright red-fruit flavors of cherry and red currants. Yes, there's a hint of green pepper, but not so much as to be objectionable. It's more than made up for by the lush mouthfeel and ease with which this wine goes down.  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001
87 points

Lenz 1998 Gewürztraminer (North Fork of Long Island)

Features textbook Gewürz aromas of rose petals and lychee fruit before yielding to a dry, bitter-almond note on the finish.  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001
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87 points

Lenz 1998 Gold Label Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)

Ripe and buttery, this reserve Chard from winemaker Eric Fry could hardly be more different from his White Label bottling. Superripe pineapple fruit is marked by plenty of oak-imparted spice. Lush and ready to drink.  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001
86 points

Lenz 1998 White Label Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)

A crisp, zippy wine dominated by tart apple and pear fruit that’s tinged with lemon and lime. Lean and citrusy, there’s no oak here to clutter up Chardonnay’s bright fruit flavors.  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001
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85 points

Lenz 1998 Pinot Gris (North Fork of Long Island)

A clean, crisp, citrusy wine that lacks the rich texture found in the best Alsatian Pinot Gris, but still packs in a lot of tart, lemony flavors. Good shellfish wine.  — J.C.   Published 4/1/2001