85 points

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 
 North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13%
Price: $26

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

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. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating 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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