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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Pellegrini Vineyards 2001 Merlot  (North Fork of Long Island)

Pellegrini Vineyards

2001 Merlot
(North Fork of Long Island)

With the recent 2006 vintage, Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue celebrated its 15th year. Australian-born winemaker Russell Hearn is known for making flavorful wines that tend to be good values in a local industry that is sometimes plagued by over-priced, under-delivering wines. True to his Australian heritage, Hearn applies some of Long Island's most cutting edge techniques, but he doesn't try to make Aussie-style wines -- thankfully. North Fork grapes just don't get ripe enough for those big, jammy styles.

Pellegrini Vineyards also makes enough wine every year that they don't need to rush their wines to the store shelves. This wine is an excellent example of that.

While many wineries are releasing Merlots from 2003 or even 2004, Hearn is only now releasing his 2001 -- a truly impressive wine from one of Long Island's best ever vintages.

Bottled unfiltered, this Merlot is dark and dense in the glass with a plentiful nose of dark fruits -- think ripe blackberries, blueberries and plums -- with notes of vanilla and anise. Fruit-forward with ripe, full flavors, it displays delicious but not jammy blackberry and black cherry flavors, hints of vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus and black pepper. Ripe but medium firm tannins provide structure and hint at a long cellar life.

Reviewed January 13, 2007 by Lenn Thompson.

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The Wine

Winery: Pellegrini Vineyards
Vintage: 2001
Wine: Merlot
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Merlot
Price: 750ml $19.99

Review Date: 1/13/2007

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.