Made from fruit grown in the old Gristina vineyard planted more than 30 years ago -- some of the oldest on the North Fork.
The nose is earthy — smelling distinctly of damp soil — with additional notes of coffee grounds and vanilla layered over fresh-crushed blackberry and black cherry fruit aromas. Medium bodied and dominated by similar fruit-and-earth characteristics, the palate is gently rustic in its tannic structure with some drying tannins on the coffee-tinged finish. At the table, particularly with those braises or stews, that structure will come in handy, elevating both food and wine — which is what wine pairing is supposed to be about.
Producer: McCall Wines
Vineyard: North Ridge Vineyard
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
* Review sample provided by the winery