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Wine: Osprey's Dominion Vineyards 2001 Flight Meritage  (North Fork of Long Island)

Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

2001 Flight Meritage
(North Fork of Long Island)

Last summer, Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards was named New York’s “Winery of the Year” by the New York Grape and Wine Foundation at its annual New York Food and Wine Classic. The winery earned the honor by winning seven medals at the event, including two double golds, one gold, two silvers and two bronzes.

Winemaker Adam Suprenant, a Bronxville, New York, native who joined Osprey’s Dominion after graduating from the world-renowned U.C. Davis oenology program, is proud of the winery’s showing.

“It’s great to be recognized after more than four years of dedicated hard work here at Osprey’s Dominion,” said Suprenant, “but it also reflects well on the commitment and philosophy of the owners, Bud Koehler and Bill Tyree, to produce high quality wines. Much credit is also deserved by our vineyard manager, Tom Stevenson (also a U.C. Davis graduate) for giving me great fruit to work with.”

Suprenant shows excellent blending abilities again with his Osprey’s Dominion Vineyard 2001 Flight ($30) – my favorite of his current releases – a Merlot-heavy blend of Bordeaux varieties.

It’s full bodied and features firm, but rounded tannins (from 35-percent new French Oak). The flavors run the gamut from blueberries and blackberries to garden herbs, tomato leaves and wet soil. The tannins and hints of acidity make this a wine with superior aging potential.

Reviewed July 20, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Osprey's Dominion Vineyards
Vintage: 2001
Wine: Flight Meritage
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: 750ml $30.00

Review Date: 7/20/2006

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.