Shinn Estate Vineyards2005 First Fruit - Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
(North Fork of Long Island)
Shinn Estate Vineyard 2005 First Fruit ($20) is the lightest and most refreshing of the local Sauvignon Blancs I've tasted recently.
Made of 96% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Semillon, the nose is dominated by citrus scents of grapefruit, lime and chalky minerality. Medium-bodied it offers a burst of ripe fruit flavor — tart lime, grapefruit and apple — accented by somewhat minty and grassy herbal notes, subtle thirst-quenching acidity and a minerally finish that begs for same day fresh scallops and oysters.
This is the quintessential seafood wine, and that comes as no surprise given co-owner David Page's pedigree as a Manhattan chef.
Reviewed April 11, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,