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Wine Recommendation

Peconic Bay Winery 2001 Merlot  (North Fork of Long Island)

Peconic Bay Winery

2001 Merlot
(North Fork of Long Island)

On Long Island, 2001 is widely regarded as a tremendous vintage – particularly for red wine. A warm growing season resulted in some of the ripest grapes in years – and that fruit quality shines through in the wines (when winemakers didn't try to make California-style wines, that is).

Peconic Bay Winery's winemaker, Greg Gove, showed restraint with his 2001 Merlot. Right out of the bottle, rich, concentrated cherry, plum and chocolate flavors are nicely integrated with ripe, well-integrated tannins. But give this wine a little time open or in a decanter and you'll be rewarded with added layers of complexity in the form of summer herbs and tobacco. This is a wine that deserves more attention — and a spot in your cellar.

Reviewed July 11, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.


Other Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Medal, Best of Class - 2004 L.A. County Fair Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal - International Eastern Wine Competition -
  • Gold Medal - Taster's Guild International Wine Competition -
  • Gold Medal - Indiana State Fair - Concordance
  • Best of Class - 2006 NY Wine&Food Classic Competition -

The Wine

Winery: Peconic Bay Winery
Vintage: 2001
Wine: Merlot
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Merlot
Price: 750ml $24.00

Review Date: 7/11/2006

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.