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Reviews wines from Germany and New York.

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)
91
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Wölffer 2013 Grandioso Rosé (Long Island)

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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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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)
91
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Lieb 2009 Blanc de Blancs Pinot Blanc Brut Sparkling Blend (North Fork of Long Island)

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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)
91
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Channing Daughters 2009 Meditazione White (Long Island)

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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)
91
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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)
90
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One Woman 2010 Estate Reserve Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $48
Luscious blackberry and cherry notes are marked with hints of bramble and spice in this bold yet elegantly framed wine. The palate feels lush and warm with judicious oak, yet bright, with a shower of cranberry acidity and fine-grain tannins that penetrate through the finish.  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
90
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Paumanok 2013 Dry Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)

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Exuberant raspberry and cherry notes scent this dusty pink rosé. While brisk and dry on the palate, it’s juicy and mouth-quenching with ripe white peach and red berry flavors. It finishes minerally with lingering salinity.  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
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