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Wine Recommendation

Pindar Vineyards 2000 Mythology, Estate (North Fork of Long Island)

Pindar Vineyards

2000 Mythology, Estate
(North Fork of Long Island)

Walk into any Long Island shop and you'll see rows of Pindar Vineyards wines lining the shelves. As Long Island's largest producer, making over 60,000 cases annually, Pindar enjoys the widest distribution and best name recognition of any local winery. They've also been around a long time by local industry standards. Dr. Herodotus "Dan" Damianos founded Pindar Vineyards back in 1979 and Dr. Dan and his three sons, Alex, Jason and Pindar still manage the operation, making it the oldest vineyard under continuous family ownership.

Many of their wines target the mass market, including a series of sweet blended wines. But, winemaker, Jason Damianos, also crafts a wide array of varietal wines, some unremarkable, some good and some much better than good. And most are respectable values, which isn't always the case with local wines.

One of my favorite Pindar offerings is their 2000 Mythology. This is a well-made red that stands out at a winery so popular with the white zinfandel crowd. This medium crimson wine has a layered nose of black cherry, black currant and black plum that is accented by subtle, but discernable, tobacco undertones. 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec and 11% Petit Verdot, it’s full bodied and complex, and displays layers of dark fruit with tobacco, vanilla and oak. The tannins are very well integrated, gripping only slightly and while the finish could be a bit longer, this is a well balanced wine.

Drinking beautifully now, it will probably continue to develop for another five years or so in bottle.

Reviewed October 25, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.


The Wine

Winery: Pindar Vineyards
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2000
Wine: Mythology
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (31%), Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (22%), Malbec (12%), Petit Verdot (11%)
Price: 750ml $29.99

Review Date: 10/25/2006

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.