Harbes Vineyard 2014 Merlot

88 points

The nose is dominated by black cherry and plum aromas with subtle notes of spice and earthiness. On the second and third days open, that earthiness becomes more pronounced and is joined by a distinct high-toned floral quality. Medium bodied and somewhat plush in the mouth, the palate shows a nice bit of concentration in its berry flavors with a sprinkling of spiced cookie crumbs. The tannins are there, but very well integrated, making this wine quite approachable today. There is also some acidity that brings a certain freshness that makes it well suited for the dinner table.

AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13%
Production: 365 cases
Price: $28*

* Review sample provided by the winery

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 NewYorkCorkReport.com 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 TheCorkReport.us 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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