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Wine Recommendation

Martha Clara Vineyards

2002 Syrah, Estate
(North Fork of Long Island)

Martha Clara Vineyards’ 2002 Syrah ($20) is a pleasant example of cool-weather Syrah and nothing like the fruit bomb, jammy Shiraz you find down under.

The nose is a bit shy at first but still complex, with blackberries, pie spices and toasty-earthy back notes. Medium-bodied on the palate, this is a prime wine for food because of its well-balanced profile, which brings some fruitiness together with soft, round tannins and spices that are sure to complement a wide array of cuisines.

Syrah is relatively rare on Long Island, so this wine is interesting just for that fact. Drink over the next few years.

Reviewed February 3, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.


The Wine

Winery: Martha Clara Vineyards
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2002
Wine: Syrah
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Syrah / Shiraz

Review Date: 2/3/2006

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.