Producer: Hound’s Tree Wines
AVA: North Fork of Long island AVA (New York)
Grapes: 62% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 4% petit verdot and 3% malbec
Hound's Tree Wines 2015 Cornus
Owner/winemaker Alex Rosanelli treats this Bordeaux-style blend differently than his other reds, with 50% new French oak (verus his usual 20ish%) and extended time in those barrels – but the results are no-less delicious.
Upon opening, that new oak is a bit forward, showing as distinct notes of campfire and vanilla at the edges with a core of ripe, concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit and hints of dried flowers and herbs.
That smoky nature carries over to the rounded, mouth-filling palate that shows all of that same ripe fruit with fine-grained tannins providing structure. It was good the first day open, but it got better over the course of three days. The fruit stepped forward and broadened on the palate and the overtly smoky oak notes took two or three steps back.
With its beautiful balance between primary fruit and savory secondary and tertiary flavors, this is a fine example of a Long Island Bordeaux-style blend. It should continue to develop in bottle for many years to come.