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.
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.
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.
The best Mythology yet, with more lush fruit than previous vintages have possessed. It's still earthy and leathery with tobacco notes, but this year the wine has enough sweet cassis fruit to balance it out. The creamy texture is a treat.
A steely, lean and focused wine. Quite lovely and made in a fine, Burgundian style. The fruit is subtle but expands on the palate to reveal wonderful pear, apple, citrus, herb and mineral qualities. Long and fresh on the finish.
This wine really flaunts its stuff (and its oak aging) in its rich, creamy body and intensely luscious profile. Aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, baked apples, butter and light smoky spice fill out the nose and mouth, with notes of sweet vanilla-infused spice lingering throughout the long finish. Oaky, sure, but well balanced and delicious, too.
Created only in exceptional years like 2010, this is a beautiful example of New York Chardonnay. Elegant on the nose and palate, with penetrating notes of Meyer lemons, honey and waxy white flowers, this is an opulent, full-bodied wine that’s judiciously oaked and concentrated through the finish. Drinks gorgeously now, but could easily hold 3-5 years.