7 Remarkable Wines from Long Island

New York has some notable growing wine regions: the beautiful Finger Lakes, quaint Hudson River Valley and Long Island, home to the increasingly popular North Fork. Though reviewer Mark Squires visited all of these on his annual trek through the Empire State, Long Island was the focus of his tastings in Wine Advocate Issue 231.

If you’re unfamiliar with the area, Long Island wine country “is a fairly small wine community with a tight-knit feel to it,” states Squires. “The traffic to get there makes it seem like a chore as arduous as going to Lisbon, but it's mostly calm and lovely once you're there.”

Here, seven stunners from Squires’ latest trip to Long Island—all rated 90+. 

2010 The Lenz Winery • Merlot Old Vines
“As big as it is in some ways, it is still a wine with excellent finesse.”

“This has fine depth and lacks for nothing on depth of fruit.”

“This tightly wound Merlot is built for the future and for those with cellars.”

“It has all the signs of being a sexy beauty, with underlying crispness and that oh-so-tasty fruit. This will be released in November.”

“Big and mouthfilling, with some grass only around the edges, this is a concentrated Sauv Blanc with some tension on the finish and fine fruit.”

“For Long Island, this is remarkably fruit forward (credit the 2013 vintage, I imagine) and rather rich.” 

“Elegant and very St. Emilion, this is a wine that is fresh and graceful, with pure fruit and concentrated flavors, notwithstanding the elegant mid-palate.”

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