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Wine Recommendation

Roanoke Vineyards Red Table Wine

Roanoke Vineyards

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

Very few wineries produce multiple Meritage-style wines, but Roanoke Vineyards' 2003 Blend Two ($36) — named so purely because it was the second blend — certainly doesn't play second fiddle to its big brother, Roanoke Vineyards Blend One.

Cabernet Franc (48%), which does extremely well on the North Fork, dominates this blend with 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot added to the final wine. Extremely aromatic — no doubt because of that Cabernet Franc — violets, berry fruit and vanilla oak intermingle in a tempting nose. Slightly lighter bodied than the Cabernet Sauvignon-based Blend One, this wine is still concentrated and rich with berries, plums and spice.

Though perhaps closer to its peak than Blend One, this wine is still cellar worthy.

Reviewed August 22, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.

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The Wine

Winery: Roanoke Vineyards
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Red Table Wine - Blend Two
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: Cabernet Franc (48%), Cabernet Sauvignon (32%), Merlot (20%)
Price: 750ml $36.00

Review Date: 8/22/2006

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.