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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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Lieb 2009 Blanc de Blancs Pinot Blanc Brut Sparkling Blend (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)
91
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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)
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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Wölffer 2010 Christian’s Cuvee Merlot (The Hamptons, Long Island)

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  1. $100
Crisp, pristine blackberry notes are deeply penetrating on the nose and palate. It’s ripe and luscious on the palate with layers of savory herb, smoke and hay that add complexity and flair. Big, impenetrable tannins need time to mellow, but are likely to smooth out beautifully through 2019.  — A.I.  (5/1/2014)
90
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Sparkling Pointe NV Brut Sparkling Blend (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $29
Richly aromatic with notes of warm brioche, lemon rind and apple, Sparkling Pointe’s nonvintage Brut is strikingly brisk on the palate with a bold, mouthfilling mousse and a shower of lemony acidity. Elegantly structured, it has a long, warm, biscuity finish.  — A.I.  (8/1/2013)
90
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Anthony Nappa 2010 Blackbird Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $40
Ripe black-cherry notes are accented by herbs and stems that lend a dark savoriness to this bold, penetrating Merlot. Rich with fruit, and layered with spice and granite, it lingers long on the finish in a murmur of velvety tannins.  — A.I.  (8/1/2013)
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Bedell 2010 Taste Red (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $60
Intensely juicy and forward in bright cherry fruit, Bedell’s Taste Red is a crowd pleaser, but also remarkably finessed. Full bodied in style, it’s balanced with a flurry of fresh herbs, acidity and hints of crushed granite that lend depth and complexity.  — A.I.  (8/1/2013)
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