Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Winemaking: 70% fermented and aged in concrete egg and 30% in stainless steel
ABV: 11.6%
Price: $28*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Macari Vineyards 2017 “Lifeforce” Sauvignon Blanc

Macari Vineyards 2017 "Lifeforce" Sauvignon Blanc

88 points

As you might expect from a wine that is 70% fermented and aged in concrete egg, the texture is the star of this youthful, fresh sauvignon blanc from Macari Vineyards on Long Island's North Fork.

Citrus and green melon aromas are joined by notes of bee pollen and even candied ginger.

Again, this wine is largely about its texture, even at such a low ABV. The fruit qualities are similar to the nose, but with the honey – sans sweetness – a bit more forward. Juicy citrus and citrusy acidity balance the roundess leading into a chalky, somewhat earthy finish.

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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