Lenz Winery 2010 Old Vines Merlot

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If you’ve been drinking Long Island wines for very long, you’ve most certainly heard a winemaker or tasting room staffer compare the North Fork and its wines to Bordeaux and its wines, particularly Right Bank Bordeaux.

You don’t hear that much anymore (thankfully) but if you taste and drink enough local merlot-based wines, you’re going to sometimes come across a wine that makes that comparison appropriate. Lenz Winery 2010 Old Vines Merlot ($65) is one such wine.

You might be thinking “$65? For a Long Island merlot?”  o that I’d simply say, “Yes.”

To that I’d simply say, “Yes.” This wine is a classic for a reason and is absolutely worth the splurge to be able to enjoy a wine from a great vintage with this sort of bottle age — maturing but nowhere near peak.

Lenz Winery 2010 Old Vines Merlot

93 points

Intensely aromatic, it features concentrated black cherry, plum and currant fruit aromas with wonderful earthy, woodsy notes at the edges. Fuller bodied and flavored, the similarly concentrated palate offer ripe dark fruit flavors with layers of spice, earth and savoriness. The tannins are starting to round out but still provide a nice bit of grip. A long, graphite-tinged finish also shows a vein of dried earth.

If you’ve never experienced a local wine at this point in its development — maturing while still showing some primary fruit — do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle.

Producer: Lenz Winery
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13%
Price: $65 (wine club only)

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Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. Since then, the site has become the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, a contributor to Edible Brooklyn, wine columnist for Hamptons.com and regional editor for Appellation America covering the Long Island and Hudson River Valley regions, Lenn contributes to Edible East End, Palate Press, Patch and is the wine columnist for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. Lenn is also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, a yearly regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating drinking local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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