Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13%
Price: $24*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Macari Vineyards 2017 “Katherine’s Field” Sauvignon Blanc

Macari Vineyards 2017 "Katherine's Field" Sauvignon Blanc

92 points

Every spring, local wine fans clamor for new releases from the previous fall’s harvest. Steel chardonnays, roses, rieslings and sauvignon blancs dominate the first wines released. They are fresh, often delicious and it’s just plain fun to drink new wines.

As someone who writes about wine, I often plan to go back and taste these wines again in six to nine months, but rarely make a point of doing so. Wine is alive and it changes once it’s in the bottle.

Wines like this are a perfect example of why I think sometimes we drink these steel-fermented, fresher styles too early.

I liked it at release but never got around to reviewing it. Now, it’s developed beautifully. The melange of citrus and melon and peach fruit is framed perfectly by crisp, well-integrated acidity. Juicy and long, the finish begs to be enjoyed with fresh local seafood.

Any time that anyone from out of town asks me for a single Long Island sauvignon blanc that represents that grape in this place at its peak, this is the wine I recommend. This is benchmark type stuff.

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 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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