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When you’re talking about boutique wines, it doesn’t get much smaller than this merlot. With only 350 cases produced each year, this wine is just about as boutique as it can get. The small production and high quality also stand as a fantastic representation of what New York State wine is fully capable of. Styled and inspired by the Right Bank of Bordeaux, this wine can be rightly compared with the wines from that region. Long Island, just like the right bank, provide a perfect environment for Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc to thrive side by side. The wine is thusly styled after the greats of Bordeaux, also includes Malbec, Cab Franc, and Petite Verdot.
All of the grapes were hand-harvested and macerated whole after destemming, soaking for 2 days before beginning fermentation. The wine was aged for 15 months in 25% new French Oak and the balance in seasoned French Oak. Tasting Notes are as follows:
aromas of plums, bing cherries, and a hint of licorice. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, with elegant tannins and bright acidity.
Onabay Vineyard is a new name on the North Fork of Long Island, but it has a long history. The 18-year-old vineyard is part of a larger, historic farm located on Peconic Bay that is owned by the Anderson family. Brad Anderson is committed to producing small lots of hand-crafted wines with the help of winemakers Bruce Schneider and John Leo. The focus is on Cabernet Franc and Merlot with Cot (Malbec) playing an important role in blending. The North Fork’s climate moderating waters and Onabay’s well-drained soils of sandy loam, gravel, and clay provide exceptional conditions for producing fresh, balanced wines with minerality. Onabay’s goal is to achieve a pure expression of these conditions in their wines.