Producer: McCall Wines
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Production: 498 cases
ABV: 12.8%
Price: $26*

* Review sample provided by the winery

McCall Wines 2017 Nicola Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc
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A Long Island style of sauvignon blanc has emerged — a style that straddles those from other more-established sauvignon blanc districts. At its best, Long Island sauvignon blanc offers fresh fruit qualities similar to what you’ll find in California with the moderate alcohol levels and minerality found in France and acidity and subtle grassiness similar to New Zealand. It also tends to have distinct honeydew melon aromas and flavors.

This style is still emerging and being honed in on. While Long Island sauvignon blanc is almost always fresh, clean and citrusy — delicious really — it doesn’t always hit every note and come together to be something more than a casual summer sipper.

This wine transcends the simple style. It's extremely aromatic, with citrusy notes of grapefruit and tangerine with some of that green melon quality and a distinct peach-passionfruit-herbaceous character that almost reminds me of some of the popular hop varieties grown today.

Pure, clean citrus and melon flavors are framed by juicy, snappy acidity and a subtle citrus pith bitterness that emerges on a long finish that is just a bit grassy. If you let this wine warm up near room temperature, it broadens and becomes more complex in its fruit flavors. Tropical notes emerge as well as peaches and apricots.

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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