Long Island Wines

Located in southeast New York State, the Long Island Wine Region is structured around three AVAs: North Fork of Long Island, The Hamptons and the all-encompassing Long Island AVA. The maritime-influenced climate welcomes Bordeaux varieties, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Chardonnay, and Riesling also showing a strong presence. Compared to the cooler Finger Lakes region located in the northern part of the state, Long Island sees a growing season that’s nearly three weeks longer. For more information about Long Island wines, visit our Wine Reviews.

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

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  1. $55

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 years.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2001)
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Sparkling Pointe 2005 Brut Séduction Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)

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  1. $60

Honey and lemon accent the nose and palate of this stately flagship wine from Sparkling Pointe. Extended lees aging lends remarkable depth and complexity—shades of brioche and almond add a richness on the palate. Revitalizing acidity and a train of tiny bubbles lead to a soft, pillowy foam.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
91
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Anthony Nappa 2012 Dodici Red (North Fork of Long Island)

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  1. $35

Wisps of fresh cedar and violet lend complexity to tart red-cherry and cassis notes in this cool, crisp Bordeaux-style red. The palate is concentrated and juicy with red fruit, but squarely structured by zesty acidity and a fine fringe of velvet tannins.

 — A.I.  (11/1/2014)
91
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Wölffer 2013 Grandioso Rosé (Long Island)

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  1. $29

Wölffer’s dusty pink Grandioso has a saline minerality on the nose, accenting whiffs of raspberry and peach. As with the producer’s standard-bottle rosé, the palate is crisp with acidity, but more intensely concentrated with juicy white peach and yellow cherry flavors. The elegant finish carries a touch of cherry blossom perfume.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
91
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The Grapes of Roth 2007 Merlot (Long Island)

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  1. $44

Over the last few years, veteran winemaker Roman Roth’s eponymous Merlot has proven to be a consistent winner. His 2007 vintage is no exception. While intensely ripe with a rich, almost raisined black-fruit character, it’s balanced with hints of granite, smoke and brine that all lend a savory, earthy tone. Penetratingly tannic and robust in structure, it’s a wine…

 — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
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Lieb 2009 Blanc de Blancs Pinot Blanc Brut Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $35

Gorgeous on the nose, with hints of lemon peel and sugar cookie, this remarkably dry, elegant sparkling wine is a stunning find from Long Island. Penetrating and complex on the palate and possessing distinct minerality, it boasts a rich, creamy mousse balanced by a shower of acidity.

 — A.I.  (8/1/2013)
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Channing Daughters 2009 Meditazione White (Long Island)

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  1. $40

Meditazione bursts out of the glass with a musky, vanilla-spice character that permeates the nose and palate. Fermented in oak with extended skin contact, this is an amber-hued wine that has bold, tea-leaf-like tannins and a gorgeous acidic edge. It’s a fascinating effort to be enjoyed over the course of a long, meditative evening.

 — A.I.  (4/1/2013)
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Paumanok 2010 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $28

Paumanok’s portfolio is full of winning wines, but the 2010 Cabernet Franc is a particularly intoxicating mélange of ripe red-cherries and violets framed with sweet spices and herbs. Bright acidity and minerally granite tones intensify the dried cherry flavor and the lush, furry tannins.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2012)
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