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Wine Recommendation

Wine: Martha Clara Vineyards 2005 Sauvignon Blanc  (North Fork of Long Island)

Martha Clara Vineyards

2005 Sauvignon Blanc
(North Fork of Long Island)

Martha Clara Vineyards, located on Sound Avenue on Long Island's North Fork, is owned by the Entenmann family – yes, the makers of those supermarket pastries. And while I once viewed them mainly as a tourist attraction, known more for their jam-packed event calendar than their wines, that seems to be changing of late.

Sure, they still make (and sell) a ton of their white zinfandel-style rosé with the cute beagle label, along with the Glacier's End line of wines. But a look further down on the tasting sheet reveals wines with nice varietal character that are worth elbowing your way up to their always-packed tasting bar for – their most recent Sauvignon Blanc release is one such bottling.

It is an extremely fruity and slightly unique rendition of the variety from a very ripe 2005 vintage on Long Island's North Fork. Typical aromas of cut grass, herbs and grapefruit are replaced by richer fruits like juicy peach, guava and passion fruit. Similar flavors — with a little grapefruit and mineral nuance — continue from start to finish. The mid-palate is soft and lush, but the wine finishes with a tingle of acidity.

Winemaker Gilles Martin compares this Sauvignon to those of the Loire Valley in France. While there is some Loire in this wine, this is all Long Island.

Reviewed August 16, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Martha Clara Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Price: 750ml $17.00

Review Date: 8/16/2006

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.