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Wine:Macari Vineyards & Winery 2005 Malbec  (North Fork of Long Island)

Macari Vineyards & Winery

2005 Malbec
(North Fork of Long Island)

You've heard all about Long Island Merlot, but what about the Malbec? Merlot might rule this over-grown sand bar, but Malbec, the large, easy-to-ripen black grape best known as Argentina's premier variety, is showing surprising potential in Long Island's maritime environment.

It has been grown, and used, on Long Island for quite some time—usually ending up as a minor component in Bordeaux-style red blends. But now, as Long Island vintners continue to experiment with grapes and techniques, varietal Malbec bottlings are becoming available. Macari Vineyards in Mattituck released its 2005 Malbec ($22) a couple months ago and it's impressive.

It's a bold, flavorful wine and the ripeness of the 2005 vintage is apparent. It's loaded with intense black plum and black pepper aromas. The palate is rich and slightly meaty with more plum, pepper and a slightly juicy note on the mid-palate. The finish lingers nicely with a hint of spice. This wine signals the arrival of Malbec on the North Fork. It will be interesting to see how quickly local producers start doing even more exciting things with this grape.

Reviewed May 28, 2007 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Macari Vineyards & Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Malbec
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Malbec
Price: 750ml $22.00

Review Date: 5/28/2007

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.