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Wine Recommendation

Roanoke Vineyards 2003 Red Table Wine - Blend One  (North Fork of Long Island)

Roanoke Vineyards

2003 Red Table Wine - Blend One
(North Fork of Long Island)

When Rich and Soraya Pisacano opened their Roanoke Vineyards tasting room in the fall of 2004, their only Roanoke-labeled wine was a stellar 2000 Merlot that is – sadly – long gone. To fill in the tasting room menu, they poured wines from Atwater Estate Vineyards in the Finger Lakes and Wolffer Estate on the South Fork, where Rich serves as vineyard manager.

What started with that lone Merlot has grown into an impressive portfolio of wines, including two distinctly different Bordeaux-style blends, a hard-to-find Cabernet Sauvignon, a fresh-but-intriguing Chardonnay and an extremely popular rose.

Rich has been tending vines on Long Island since high school and despite the push for Merlot on Long Island, he prefers Cabernet Sauvignon. And, with one of the western-most vineyards on the North Fork, his unique microclimate makes it a bit easier to ripen the king of all red grapes. Red wines are definitely the focus at Roanoke Vineyards and that drive and passion is abundantly clear in each of their limited-edition red releases.

While it's true that you may not be able to get your hands on their rich, cellar-worthy 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rich's 2003 Cabernet fruit is also on display in Roanoke Vineyards' 2003 Blend One ($30) – a Meritage-style blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. Rich and ripe, especially for a not-so-great year, the nose is highlighted by intense black berry and black cherry aromas with violet wisps and peppery spice. Full bodied and rich, intense fruit flavors are balanced by oak, fine tannins and a lengthy finish. Drinking well now, though this wine hasn't peaked yet, as it was made for the long haul. Stock your cellar.

Reviewed July 25, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.

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The Wine

Winery: Roanoke Vineyards
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Red Table Wine - Blend One
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (22%)
Price: 750ml $30.00

Review Date: 7/25/2006

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.