Mount Salem Vineyards 2015 Zweigelt

87 points

Juicy fresh red that smells mostly of fresh red cherries with subtle aromas of spice and tobacco. Similarly bright and fresh on the palate, it's medium-light in body with more punchy red cherry flavors that turn toward raspberry on the mid-palate before returning to cherry -- but dried cherry -- on the finish. Is it a little straightforward? Sure, but it's also a charming, easy-to-drink red that begs for simply prepared foods.

Not meant for aging, I'd drink this one now. A cheap fake cork is unlikely to protect it long-term, anyway.

Producer: Mount Salem Vineyards
Grapes: 100% Zweigelt
 New Jersey
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $30

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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 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 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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