90 point rating Wine Advocate “The 2015 Merlot First Label was aged for 20 months in 20% new French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Tightly wound and gripping on the finish, this has reasonable concentration and better structure. A bit tight still, this is not fully open yet, but there is some tasty fruit, some boysenberry nuances, on the finish. It does have a sterner feel at times than some, but it also tastes great. A bit brooding just now, it will likely reward further aging. It could use another year or so in the cellar. It’s worth leaning up for the moment, but it does have some questions to answer in the cellar. There were 370 cases produced.” Mark Squires
The winery tends to use the New York appellation for the entry-level wines. Sometimes (as with the Riesling) that may mean they contain fruit from the Finger Lakes, not just Long Island. The 2019s will all have a 20th Anniversary label, celebrating the winery’s 20th year. Congrats to one of Long Island’s fine wineries.