Wine, wine, wine & a little more wine…plus great food! That about sums up our weekend! Just about….
We left at 7am on Saturday morning, drove to New London & got the 9am ferry to Orient Point, Long Island. Which is where we began our wine tour, we visited 6 wineries all together, 4 on Saturday & 2 on Sunday.
Here is what we did for the 1st part of our weekend…
Bedell Cellars was our 1st stop. We tried their Estate Tasting for $10 & their Premium Tasting at $15…with a mix of reds & whites depending on your preference. Our favorite was the 2009 Merlot at $20 a bottle & buy one get one free while we were there. So we got 2! Taken from Bedell Cellars website ~ “The 2009 vintage produced some of the most elegant red wines ever made on the North Fork and this is evident in our beautiful Estate Merlot. Made from some of the oldest Merlot vines in the U.S. the wine reveals local red fruit flavors of strawberries, dried cranberries and cherries coupled with the subtle aromas of red raspberry, herbs and beach stones. Aged for 10 months in older French barrels, the wine is perfectly balanced and finishes with refined whispers of vanilla and brown leather. A great example of Long Island’s signature red wine.”
We visited Lenz Winery next. We had the Estate Flight at $10 which includes the blanc de noir, gewürztraminer, white label & gold label chardonnays, cabernet sauvignon, merlot & estate selection merlot. We also had the Premium Flight at $14 which includes the cuvees (similar to champagne), old vines chardonnay, old vines cabernet sauvignon, & old vines merlot. We had 2 favorites at Lenz, their 2010 Blanc de Noir at $15 & their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon at $23. Taken from Lenz Winery website ~ “2010 Blanc de Noir is a refreshingly dry wine, crafted in the same style as its elegant French counterparts. Made entirely from the juice of lightly pressed red pinot noir grapes, the wine shows off pinot flavors of red and white cherries. This is a delightful wine that will add sophistication to any table. 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a great everyday wine. Lively and well-balanced, this popular red wine has an alluring, perfumed nose and soft, subtle tannins. Varietal notes of red cherry and cedar round out its flavor profile. Made to enjoy now, this unfiltered wine will also age well.”
We stopped at Corey Creek Vineyards, which is a sister vineyard to Bedell, for a picnic lunch. We didn’t do a tasting here, but bought wine for lunch & loved it so much…we bought 2 more bottles to take home! It was their 2011 Gewurztraminer at $25, we paired it with a mix of cheeses, meats, fruit, marinated or pickled vegetables, crackers & french bread. Taken from Bedell Cellars website ~ “Our Gewürztraminer is one of the most widely acclaimed aromatic white wines in the eastern U.S. Produced from 30-year-old vines fermented with indigenous yeast, this beautiful dry white features exotic aromas of rose petals and citrus with thirst-quenching flavors of lime, tangerine and minerals. The finish is juicy with lip smacking zesty acidity. Original label art by Howard Schatz.”
Our last stop on Saturday was Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery, where we enjoyed the Estate Tasting, along with a taste of 2 limited production wines…the 2006 Meritage & the 2007 Allegra (a dessert wine). We had 3 favorites here, the 2010 Riesling at $23, 2011 Fleurette at $16 & the 2006 Meritage at $60. Taken from Castello di Borghese website ~ “2010 Riesling, Lovely aromas of jasmine and orange peel with hints of rose petals and orange peel. This well balanced wine has pear and peach flavors with crisp acidity followed by layers of green apple. Stainless steel fermented for 3 weeks this mouth watering acidic wine is complimented by touches of mineral flavors and pear overtones. 2011 Fleurette, A delightful, mildly dry and elegant Rose made from Merlot grapes. This wine complements fish, poultry or just plain cheese and crackers. “Think Pink” and serve it slightly chilled. 2006 Meritage, A classy Bordeaux blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. We used only our highest quality, estate grown reserve grapes to make this Meritage. Smoky cedar and dense plum scents. Plump, soft, gorgeous mid-palate feel. Pairs well with Goose, garlic-roasted chicken, thyme seasoned lamb or red meats/steaks. This is our first Meritage wine.”
Stayed tuned for Long Island Winery Tour ~ Part 2!
You can find pictures taken during our trip in my Wordless Wednesday ~ Long Island Wine Trip Edition.