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Wine Recommendation

Shinn Estate Vineyards

2005 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.


The Wine

Winery: Shinn Estate Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: First Fruit - Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc (96%), Semillon (4%)

Review Date: 4/11/2006

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.