2016 Site Specific™ Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine has layers of complexity that start with a black currant and red berry foundation. This is the document of a perfect growing season, with plenty of hot days, and precious rain. Built to age, sensational now, epic in 2020. Grown on just three acres of sandy soil with great love, but without herbicides, in our Sound Avenue vineyard. Macerated in stainless steel, and aged 21 months in French oak, racked every three months. A beautiful attack, lovely mid-palate, and seemingly endless finish. This wine is not yet rated, however our 2015 Cabernet Sauvignons scored 93 to 95 points.
2016 PRIME NUMBER™
The benchmark for quality. Here, Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Merlot in almost equal amounts for a dynamic wine that possesses both power and elegance. The Merlot provides a plush and soft contrast to the Cabernet Sauvignon's cherry and black fruit structure.
2016 The Hill
This wine was made by our wine club.
Harvested on October 19th from the sandy block of Cabernet Sauvignon called "The Hill," and the "Twelve Rows" block of Cabernet Franc, this wine was blended in the field, allowing the two varietals to harmonize even before fermentation. Aged in French oak for 21 months, this wine is only now showing its potential.
2016 The Twelve Rows
A site specific™ Cabernet Franc
The legacy of our late vineyard master, Gabby Pisacano, lives on in this beautiful wine. Meticulously cared for vines, grown herbicide-free, and with an exceptionally low yield, resulted in a delicious Cab Franc. There are seas of Bing cherry, currant, and a hint of spice on the finish. The legend of silky smooth Cabernet Franc from Gabby's rows continues.
2015 Single Acre Merlot
100% Merlot from our Sound Avenue vineyard, where we planted one acre of Merlot in 2000. Aside from a canopy and crop thinning early in the year, there was little intervention which allowed for a very acurate expression of this fruit block. A wash of plum dominates the attack, followed by an explosion of black fruit and cherry. Bigger than a Right Bank Bordeaux, and yet more buttoned down than its California counterpart.
2016 Site Specific™ Cabernet Franc
A sense of place is a wonderful quality in a wine, and it is this idea that is behind our site specific portfolio. The north and south aligned rows of Cabernet Franc funnel the afternoon sea breeze off the ocean. Crop reduction eliminates disease pressure, which means the expression is honest and clean. There's a hint of spice, cedar, and significant bing cherry here, but bell pepper and other vegetal notes are kept at bay. Pair with a steak, or enjoy this wine with grilled tofu; you can't miss.
Aptly named by one of our wine club members, this wine is greater than the sum of its parts. Its parts are estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot grown by Sam McCullough, and Cabernet Franc from the Macari Vineyards.
Release date is August 24th! Don't miss it, as this wine will go fast.
2018 Infinite Possibility
The quintessential summer wine, especially on Long Island where there are excellent oysters and pristine seafood is easy to come by. Chardonnay was blended with Sauvignon Blanc, making a white that adds intrigue to dinner or an evening on the beach. The crispness of the Sauvignon Blanc is softened by the Chardonnay, but there's still a lively acidity for balance.
2018 Roanoke Vineyards Rosé
It's here! But stock up now because our rosés sell fast! The 2018 Roanoke Rosé is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with just a splash of early Chardonnay. Melon, citrus, and a hint of fresh organic lemon are the driving flavors. We aimed for a wine that will pair well with what you'll be eating in the next few months, but it's also very enjoyable by itself.
This is the wine you need for those warm summer days.
Going . . . going . . . gone!
2018 Roanoke Vineyards Site Specific™ Rosé
A beautiful Tavel-style rosé from our Sound Avenue vineyard. Equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot make this wine a true window into our vineyard. The wine has a lovely complexity, and a lingering finish of fresh strawberries and cherries right from the tree. This one will age! But chances are you'll enjoy it this summer with fresh farm stand produce and something off the grill.
Sold out in record time! Sorry!
2016 Marco Tulio
Merlot takes the center stage in the '16 Marco Tulio, and here we've blended it with 20% Cabernet Franc for a touch of spice. Watch for the new vintage release soon.
2018 The Wild! Site Specific™ Chardonnay
From the vineyard we planted in 1982 comes a fabulous wild ferment Chardonnay like no other! Citrus and melon notes abound, but the game changes on the finish where this wine shows its stuff. Absolutely dry, and absolutely fun!
2016 Theory and Practice
The change in the climate on Eastern Long Island has made it much easier to fully ripen Petit Verdot, and when it's good, it's really good. Here, deep black Petit Verdot is blended with a plushy, and plum forward Merlot. The result is a wine with significant heft that suggests something off the grill, or your cheese monger's favorite "big" cheese.
2015 Striking Distance
If you have a bottle of this Cabernet Sauvignon, don't tell anyone! By all accounts this open-top vat-fermented wine is one of our strongest efforts over the last 18 years. The deep cherry and cedar seems bottomless, with the balance of an Olympic gymnast. Our only mistake with this wine was making just 70 cases.
News from James Suckling: 95 points!
"A seriously elegant cabernet sauvignon that proves this grape is capable of greatness on Long Island, given the right vintage and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Stunning concentration and seamless balance through the very long, poised finish. Drink or hold."
2018 Rhyme and Meter Chardonnay
A little time in oak helped deliver a balanced and graceful Chardonnay from Long Island's North Fork. Citrus notes harmonize with fresh melon to make a very food-friendly wine.
Available soon . . .
2018 Site Specific™ Sauvignon Blanc
A richer style of Sauvignon Blanc that is more complex and deep. Yes, there's enough acidity to pair with Peconic Bay oysters, but this is a multidimensional wine. Lovely waves of melon are what you'll remember long after the bottle has given up its magic sip.