Producer: McCall Wines
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Blend: 75% merlot, 14% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot, 5% cabernet franc
Production: 400 cases
ABV: 12.8%
Price: $29*

* Review sample provided by the winery

McCall Wines 2017 Field Blend

McCall Wines 2017 Field Blend

87 points

Made with fruit grown by veteran Lenz vineyard manager Sam McCullough in his own vineyard, this could be labeled as merlot, but it also contains 14% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc. It is unmistakably North Fork in its soft plum and blackberry flavors with floral nuances and layers of earth, cocoa powder and savory herb. The tannins are soft and approachable and there is a nice bit of fresh acidity here. It’s a great example of what sub-$30 North Fork blends can be when they aren’t beaten with too much new oak.

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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