Over the course of his decades-long career making wine on the North Fork, Lenz Winery‘s Eric Fry, who is planning to retire later this year, has earned his reputation as one of the region’s top winemakers.
That reputation has been built largely on the back of his Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, which are some of the best and most age-worthy on the East Coast.
What sometimes gets lost in the red wine-soaked fray is the quality of Fry’s sparkling wines. It flies under the radar for many wine lovers, but Long Island has been putting out some delicious, traditionally made sparkling wine for years and Fry’s are among the most consistently excellent.
You shouldn’t think of sparkling wine as something you only drink on special occasions. With wines like this one, the wine itself makes any occasion special.
Lenz Winery 2013 Cuvee
Made with 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir with nice fruit aromas reminiscent of white cherry, green apple and pear, there are also layers of toasty, biscuity and yeasty notes. The palate brings a beam of apple-cherry with the toasty, yeasty notes there too -- and a faint citrusy quality. Medium-light in body, this bubbly offers crisp acidity and a very dry finish that lingers nicely with a touch of lemon-citrus at the very end.